Second union slated to strike at University of Illinois Chicago

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Kelly Gooch –
Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Members of SEIU Local 73 at University of Illinois Chicago, that includes UI Health, are preparing to strike this month.

Michael Amiridis, chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago and Michael Zenn, CEO of University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, stated in a statement Sept. 3 that UIC is committed to settlements and “prepared to continue comprehensive good-faith bargaining for as long as it requires to reach fiscally responsible and fair arrangements.”.

The SEIUs notice of intent follows a statement by the Illinois Nurses Association that about 1,300 members will start a seven-day strike Sept. 12 unless there is a development in agreement settlements. The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago has filed a lawsuit to avoid particular critical care nurses from striking in the event of a walkout by Illinois Nurses Association members..

SEIU Local 73 representatives informed Beckers Hospital Review: ” We are collaborating and standing in uniformity with INA, as a number of our issues, consisting of reasonable pay, PPE access and more, are similar.”

UIC administration has “stopped working to respond with significant proposals around issues that matter most to employees consisting of safe working conditions, appropriate staffing and pay boosts,” SEIU Local 73 contends. The union has likewise filed unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board against UIC.

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UICs present contracts with SEIU bargaining units ended in between August and December in 2015. Mr. Amiridis and Mr. Zenn stated essential regards to the current agreements, consisting of compensation, health insurance and other benefits, are still in result up until both sides reach brand-new agreements..

SEIU Local 73 represents 4,000 upkeep, service and clerical, technical and expert employees across the campus and in the medical facility. The union stated it filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike Sept. 3, and a strike date is slated as Sept. 14.