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    Nurses Strike at University of Chicago Medical Center

    Nurses began their first-ever strike at the University of Chicago Medical Center Friday. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019)

    Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went on strike Friday, walking off the job in an effort to move the needle on contract negotiations.

    About 2,200 nurses at three hospitals in Hyde Park and four other outpatient clinics walked off the job early Friday for the strike beginning at 7 a.m.

    “Our goal is to heighten awareness of staffing,” nurse Rukiya Griffin said Thursday ahead of the strike. “Ratios are at an all-time low.”

    The nurses' contract expired on April 1, with union members voting to authorize the strike late last month as negotiations appeared to break down.

    University of Chicago Medical Center Nurses Go on Strike

    [CHI] University of Chicago Medical Center Nurses Go on Strike

    Thousands of University of Chicago Medical Center nurses went on strike early Friday morning. They picketed outside the Hyde Park hospital.

    Contract talks between the nurses' union and the hospital broke down.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019)

    "The nurses of the University of Chicago Medical Center are out here today to show solidarity as we strike for the first time in about 30 years for our patients, for our community, for safe staffing," Talisa Hardin, a nurse in the hospital's burn unit, said at a news conference in front of the picket line on Friday.

    "We hope University of Chicago gets the message and they come to the bargaining table and bargain in good faith so that we can have a contract that is good for us all," she continued, adding, "It's really hard to come here and give your all day in and day out and not feel appreciated and that's pretty much how we're all feeling. So as we feel unappreciated by the medical center, we're finding strength in each other, and it's beautiful."

    The nurses said they had planned only a one-day strike, but the hospital said it would lock striking employees out for five days because in order to obtain replacement nurses, the medical center had to offer them a five-day work guarantee.

    Nurses Strike Looms as Patients Face Uncertainty

    [CHI] Nurses Strike Looms as Patients Face Uncertainty

    One of the city's top hospitals prepares for its first nurses strike, and patients are concerned about what it means for their treatment. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez has the story. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

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