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Cook County nurses union threatens 1-day strike if talks don't speed up

Francine Knowles, Chicago Sun-Times, June 6, 2006

The union representing Cook County registered nurses vowed to stage a one-day strike June 23 if substantial progress isn't made in contract negotiations this week.

The union represents roughly 1,800 RNs at three hospitals, more than 20 community clinics, four public health offices, the county jail and the juvenile detention center.

Negotiations with the county and the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association took place Monday, and two other sessions are scheduled between now and June 23. ... Cook County

Hospitals Identify Safety as Top Priority

Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, May 22, 2006

Hoffman Estates, IL - As part of its continuing commitment to enhanced clinical outcomes and patient safety initiatives, the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network (ABHN) hosted a daylong regional patient safety conference on May 16 at Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The program was attended by more than 300 administrators, physicians, and nurses from across ABHN. ... Hospitals

Nurses union sees progress in talks

Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2006
Cook County - With the threat of a strike looming, a union representing nurses in Cook County's public medical facilities said that the two sides talked Saturday and that enough progress was made "to warrant continuing talks with the county." Charles Idelson, spokesman for the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, which represents 1,800 nurses working in Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital, Oak Forest Hospital and public clinics, said the sides agreed to meet again May 17. Union officials have said Cook County's registered nurses earn between 7.6 percent and 8.4 percent less a year than counterparts across the region. Idelson said the nurses oppose the county's insistence on decreasing their health benefits.
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Nurses won't strike - for now

Gregg Sherrard Blesch, Daily Southtown, May 7, 2006

Cook County nurses pulled back on a strike threat after their bargainers claimed progress Saturday.

But the threat stands.

The nurses failed to get what they wanted in all areas, said Fernando Losada, the Midwest director for their union, the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

Rising employee contributions toward benefits, for example, remain a hurdle to a new contract, Losada said.

"That's what's creating such a volatile, intense situation where we've got a hair trigger on the strike," he said. ... Nurses

Nurse talks go well; no strike for now

Dave Newbart, Chicago Sun-Times, May 7, 2006

Cook County nurses said Saturday night they were making progress in talks with county officials and do not plan to strike imminently.

The nurses earlier had voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike, but negotiations Friday and Saturday went well in some areas, said Charles Idelson, spokesman for the National Nurses Organization Committee.

They scheduled more talks May 17, meaning "we will not be announcing a work stoppage" before then, he said. ... Nurse

Cook County Nurses Union Could Vote On Strike

CBS, May 6, 2006

A Cook County nurses union could vote Saturday on whether to approve a strike that would begin as early as Wednesday, WBBM 780 reports.

The National Nurses Organizing Committee negotiated Friday with county leaders and will resume talks today.

The nurses have been working without a contract since 2004.

Bargaining rules now in place call for a five-day notification to county administrators if a strike is planned. ... Cook County

Union: Cook County nurses likely to strike

Daily Southtown, May 2, 2006

Cook County nurses probably will call a strike this weekend, union leaders said, unless Cook County does an about-face on major contract issues.

"We are currently conducting systemwide strike preparations at every facility and every shift," said Fernando Losada, Midwest director for the National Nurses Organizing Committee, which took over nurses' representation last May. "At this point, (a strike) seems likely unless the county changes its tack."

The nurses care for thousands of the area's sickest patients at Stroger, Provident and Oak Forest hospitals and the county's suburban clinics. They last went on strike 30 years ago. ... Union

Nurses Picket For Contract Agreement

Debra Dale, WBBM Newsradio 780, March 16, 2006

Chicago - About 100 Cook County registered nurses marched outside Stroger Hospital Wednesday morning. There were also demonstrations at other area hospitals.

The nurses have been working without a contract since November 2004. They became part of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association in May of 2005.

Negotiations for a new contract have been under way since last September. ... Nurses

Chicago nurses: Strike is possible over "appalling" hospital conditions

Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News, March 16, 2006

Eighteen hundred nurses working in Chicago's public health system are on the verge of a strike over staffing levels, a say in patient care and a range of compensation and benefits issues. Fernando Losada is a spokesperson for the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association representing the nurses. ... Chicago

Chicago nurses join national campaign to end nursing crisis

Service Employees International Union, March 8, 2006

Chicago - Registered nurses in the Chicago area are joining nurses from across the country to advocate for real solutions to the nation’s patient care crisis. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced the launch of the new Nurse Alliance of SEIU, a distinct national membership organization by, for and of nurses. The Nurse Alliance of SEIU also announced the launch of a national campaign, Value Care, Value Nurses, focusing on improving the quality patient care and bringing nurses back to the bedside. ... Chicago

Cook County RNs Vote by 97 Percent to Authorize Strike in Huge Turnout

Huge Turnout by CCBHS Nurses Sends Strong Message to County.
National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, March 2, 2006

Chicago - Cook County Bureau of Health Services (CCBHS) Registered Nurses have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at the county's 29 facilities, the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association announced today.

At polling sites across the county over three days, the RNs voted to authorize their nurse negotiating team to call a walkout. ... Cook County

Cook County nurses vote to authorize strike

Emily Udell, Chicago Defender, March 3, 2006

Registered nurses across Cook County voted Thursday to authorize their union to strike.

More than 50 people gathered near the emergency entrance of John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital, at 1901 W. Harrison St., to support a walkout that would affect 1,800 nurses in area health facilities, including critical care centers.

"We needed a mandate from these nurses and now we have it," said Sheilah Garland-Olaniran, a coordinator for the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association. ... Cook

Chicago nurses authorize a strike as talks continue today

Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News, March 3, 2006 Chicago area nurses represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee/ California Nurses Association have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. Talks are scheduled for today to continue to try to reach agreement on a fair contract for the nurses. No actual strike date has been set. Ninety seven percent of the roughly 1800 RN's at three hospitals, more than 20 community clinics, the Cook County jail in Chicago, four public health offices and the juvenile detention center voted to authorize the strike. Safe staffing levels and patient care protections are the central issues.

Cook County nurses may hit picket lines

Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2006

Nurses who work in Cook County's public medical system are prepared to walk off the job unless they get a new contract soon, union representatives said Thursday.

About 97 percent of 1,200 nurses voted over the last three days to authorize a strike against Cook County if contract talks do not advance, said Sheilah Garland, a spokeswoman for the 1,800 members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association working at county hospitals and clinics. ... Cook

Cook County nurses vote to authorize strike

Associated Press, March 2, 2006

Registered nurses who work for Cook County have voted to authorize a strike if negotiators fail to reach an agreement, union officials said Thursday.

Fernando Losada of the National Nurses Organizing Committee said the vote may motivate the county to listen to the nurses' concerns about pay and staffing levels when talks begin again Friday.

The union and the county have been negotiating since September.

Ninety-six percent of nurses voted to authorize a strike if an agreement can't be reached. Nearly 1,200 members voted during the past three days, Losada said. ... Cook

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