University of Illinois Hospital, nurses reach agreement after 7-day strike

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The strike ended Sept. 19 amidst development towards a tentative contract. A crucial issue in negotiations was staffing. The union advocated for restricting the number of patients assigned to each nurse, while the health center said it supported a patient acuity-based staffing design.

The agreement includes an ensured rolling-90-day supply of individual protective devices; wage boosts; hazard spend for work throughout pandemics; universal N95 masking; and a dedication to hire at least 160 more nurses, the Illinois Nurses Association stated in a news release.

A majority of all 1,400 union nurses must approve the agreement before it works. The vote is scheduled for Sept. 28.

University of Illinois Hospital nurses in Chicago who went on strike previously this month have actually reached a tentative, four-year contract with medical facility management, according to the union that represents them.

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” We are gratified to attain this hard-fought triumph after months of settlements– this represents a huge enhancement compared to where we were prior to the strike and we are delighted to see that the healthcare facility acknowledged the importance of safe staffing,” Illinois Nurses Association President Doris Carroll, RN, said in a press release.

The strike ended Sept. 19 in the middle of progress toward a tentative agreement. The union advocated for limiting the number of patients assigned to each nurse, while the healthcare facility stated it supported a patient acuity-based staffing model.

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Members of SEIU Local 73 at University of Illinois at Chicago, which includes UI Health, have also been on strike because Sept. 14.

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The hospital informed Beckers Hospital Review the morning of Sept. 24 that a statement would be offered later in the day.

SEIU Local 73 represents 4,000 maintenance, service and clerical, technical, and expert employees across the Chicago school and at UI Health, along with the local schools, and UIC Specialized Care for Children. The union stated it will offer a bargaining upgrade statement Sept. 24