University of Illinois Hospital averts strike with tentative labor deal

Nurses at Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital reached a tentative agreement with management, averting a strike scheduled Sept. 13.

The tentative agreement covers approximately 1,200 nurses represented by the Illinois Nurses Association.

"We are pleased that the INA has agreed not to pursue a one-day strike today as we work together with our nurses to ensure our patients' continued care and safety," said hospital COO David Loffing.

The union also expressed pleasure that both sides reached a tentative agreement, saying "nurses bargaining goals were achieved."

"This agreement protects patient safety, our first and foremost priority. It includes safe staffing and prevents nurses being floated to unfamiliar units, among many other improvements," the union added in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review. "We are very proud of what we achieved in these negotiations. Nurses will be voting to ratify the tentative agreement soon."

Mr. Loffiing said details of the agreement are forthcoming. The university's board of trustees must also still OK the agreement.


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