U of C nurses authorize strike

Associated Press, April 15, 2011 Union nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike if their bargaining demands aren't met. Lead negotiator Jan Rodolfo of National Nurses United says the hospital's 1,300 registered nurses voted overwhelmingly for the strike authorization. Contract negotiations have been under way since August between the union and one of the city's premier hospitals, which is located on Chicago's South Side. 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 have said University of Chicago's nurse staffing levels are consistently ranked high compared to other hospitals. The hospital's nurses have been represented by National Nurses United since June. Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved