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Strike averted after nurses and UChicago Medicine reach agreement


The University of Chicago Medicine and thousands of its nurses have reached a new contract agreement. planned strike.

Nurses were preparing to leave work for a one-day strike on Thursday. But the union announced Monday that a tentative agreement had been reached between their union, the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses Association and the health care system. The union represents 2,800 nurses at UChicago Medicine.

The union said nurses will vote on the agreement on March 12 and March 13.

“Our decision to call a strike forced management to meet a number of our extraordinary demands at the bargaining table,” Stephanie Gamboa, a nurse and bargaining team member at the dermatology clinic, said in a news release. “We look forward to ratifying our new contract, which will improve nurses’ working conditions and our patients’ healthcare.”

UChicago Medicine did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

The union and the health system had been negotiating a new contract since October of last year. Among the sticking points, the union had wanted the health system to agree not to assign patients to nurses in charge of a floor. And they wanted a clinically trained professional to work in the staffing office and contribute to staffing decisions.

Nurses set out last strike in 2019When 2,200 people leave work for a day. They were locked out for another four days due to the hospital’s agreement with temporary nurses for five days. If the nurses had gone on strike again this week, they would have been locked out for another four days.

During the 2019 strike, the health system moved dozens of babies and children in intensive care units at the University of Chicago Medical Center to other hospitals. The hospital also limited patient transfers from other hospitals, temporarily closed some units, rescheduled some elective procedures, and implemented bypass; This means it requests ambulances to take new patients to other hospitals.


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