Media Statement: UI Health-INA Tentative Contract Agreement

September 24, 2020

Media Statement from Michael Zenn, CEO, University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics

UI Health and the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of a four-year contract (2020-2024). The INA represents more than 1,400 nurses at UI Health.

We are very pleased that we have been able to come to a tentative agreement and we are grateful that our nurses chose to return to work on September 19, following a seven-day strike. This is in the best interest of our patients and our UI Health family.

The tentative agreement was reached on Wednesday, September 23, following less than four months of negotiations and 29 sessions of collective bargaining.

Details of the agreement, which includes wage increases that will keep UI Health nurses in the top 10% nationally and a commitment to a significant number of new nursing hires, will be shared with the nursing membership at ratification voting meetings to be conducted by the union. Pending ratification, specific contract terms will be available for public release.

We look forward to continuing to work together with our nurses to ensure our patients’ continued care and safety.