The Illinois Nurses Association has successfully served the nurses at University of Chicago. Through this contract we have accomplished many of the goals the nurses in this collective bargaining unit were working for.
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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2010
Registered Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA), agreed to a new four-year contract on Tuesday. The INA's 1,300 member local approved the contract by almost a 3 to 1 margin in an election with the highest turnout in the local unit's history.
UCMC RNs will continue to maintain the highest wage levels in the market, with increases in total compensation over the life of the contract of at least 13%. “We worked hard to ensure that working at the University with an INA contract continues to be attractive for our members, as well as RNs in the area. Now that the contract is ratified we can focus on improving the overall environment at UCMC so this continues to be a place nurses want to work,” said Karen Keller, Chair, University of Chicago Medical Center INA Local Unit.
"The Illinois Nurses Association has successfully served the nurses at University of Chicago. Through this contract we have accomplished many of the goals the nurses in this collective bargaining unit were working for. It is without doubt time to celebrate but we also must turn our attention to the next battle. National Nurses United has petitioned to replace INA as the bargaining agent at UCMC. The UCMC nurses will be faced with even a tougher fight over the next 4 weeks," said Sandra D. Robinson, Chair of the Economic & General Welfare Commission.
In December 2009, the merger of the United American Nurses, Massachusetts Nurses Association and the California Nurses Association/NNOC resulted in the formation of a new union, National Nurses United (NNU). The Illinois Nurses Association is locked in a legal battle over the legitimacy of the vote that allowed UAN to participate in the merger. Since then INA has been under attack from many fronts. Unfortunately for the nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center they have become entangled in the dispute. Nurses work under difficult conditions on a good day to have them now have to worry about whether or not they will even have a union in four weeks is unfair and unjust. The Illinois Nurses Association stands behind its members and will support these nurses during this difficult time.
The Illinois Nurses Association (INA), a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, and is the largest professional nursing organization in Illinois. INA is dedicated to advancing the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the legislature and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.
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