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This website has been created to provide important information to the UIC and UI Health communities regarding the status of workforce issues and negotiations between the University and four bargaining units representing 4,000 clerical, technical, service and professional employees across the Chicago campus and at the University of Illinois Hospital, as well as the Peoria, Rockford, Urbana regional campuses, and UIC Specialized Care for Children.
Since July 2019, UIC has been negotiating with SEIU Local 73 to reach fair and fiscally responsible multiyear contract agreements. In March, SEIU requested a hiatus in bargaining due to COVID-19. In May, UIC requested to resume negotiations and we have been meeting on a regular basis with all units since. In our most recent sessions, we have been joined by a federal mediator who is helping guide our discussions.
On September 3, SEIU filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB). In informing UIC and UI Health of this action, SEIU has indicated its plans for a potential work stoppage commencing no sooner than September 14. SEIU opted to strike after the 10-calendar day waiting period, but negotiations are ongoing.
For the latest information regarding the status of workforce issues and negotiations between the University and the Illinois Nurses Association (INA), visit uihealthworkforce.uic.edu/.