University Of Chicago Nurses Authorize Strike

CHICAGO (AP) – Union nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, but an interim contract will keep them on the job until at least the end of June.

Lead negotiator Jan Rodolfo of National Nurses United says the hospital’s 1,300 registered nurses voted overwhelmingly for the strike authorization if their bargaining demands aren’t met.

Contract negotiations have been under way since August between the union and one of the city’s premier hospitals. Negotiations are still ongoing, and an interim contract is in place.

Rodolfo says nurses want to send a strong message that they’re serious about fighting for better staffing levels and an end to rotating shifts.

Hospital officials say their nurse staffing levels are consistently ranked high compared to other hospitals.

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  • Chris M.

    Just another reason why Unions gotta go!!!

    • empirical

      Chris obviously you’ve never been a patient in a hospital. If you had, you’d know the staffing of nurses is a critical issue. Unless you’re in the position to hire a private duty nurse to care for your needs you’d be happy someone is fighting to increase staffing.

  • Sal O.

    As someone with a family full of nurses, I can tell you that staffing levels in Chicago hospitals are a dangerous joke. Some area hospitals consider assigning 4 critical patients to a single nurse acceptable. Imagine 4 patients on ventilators or heart machines being cared for by a single nurse. That’s dangerous and these nurses are brave enough to stand up and try to change things. More so than doctors, nurses ensure the quality of care for a hospital patient.

  • Jamie Madsen

    It will be interesting to see if they prevail in this strike. After watching Food, Inc., I no longer think unions are the bad guy.

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