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Message to Staff: Temporary Restraining Order (Injunction) Entered for INA and SEIU Strike

September 11, 2020

Dear UI Health—

Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) have been issued against both the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) and Service Employees International Union, Local 73 (SEIU). These TROs prevent certain INA-represented nurses and certain SEIU-represented job titles from striking.

The INA has announced its intention to strike for seven days starting tomorrow, Saturday, September 12. SEIU has announced its intention to strike on or after September 14, 2020.  We hope that through continued good faith bargaining today a strike will be avoided.

The TRO against the INA prevents INA-represented nurses in the following units from striking:

  • Medical/Surgical COVID Unit
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Emergency Department/OB ER
  • Labor and Delivery Unit
  • Medical Intensive Care/Open Heart/COVID ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Organ Transplant/Surgical ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Hematology Oncology Clinic
  • Adolescent Psychiatric Comprehensive Assessment & Treatment Unit
  • Center for Women's Health

The TRO against SEIU prevents the following SEIU-represented job titles (in specific units*) from striking:

  • *Respiratory Therapists I and II
  • *Respiratory Technicians
  • *Hemodialysis Technologists/Technicians
  • Police Telecommunicators
  • *Histotechnologists and/or Technicians
  • *Phlebotomists
  • *Medical Technologists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Transporters I and II
  • Mental Health Counselors I and II
  • Medical Radiographers
  • *Medical Laboratory Technicians/Technologists

* Respiratory Therapists I and II and Respiratory Technician: The Respiratory Care Department, NICU, ER, MICU

* Histotechnologists, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Phlebotomists, and Medical Technologists in the Pathology Laboratories Department

In the event of a strike, represented employees in the units or job titles listed above will still be expected to report to work as scheduled. If a represented employee in one of the units or job titles listed above is unable to report to work as scheduled due to personal illness or other emergency, that employee will be expected to follow the appropriate procedures as set forth in the most recent applicable collective bargaining agreement to report such absence.

Employees working from home who are not in any of the 12 units or job titles specified above may continue to do so, unless called in by their supervisor. Those employees who remain on a telework assignment must check in and out with their supervisor via phone at the beginning and end of their workday. Employees represented by the INA or SEIU who fail to check in and out with their supervisor will be considered on strike.

If you feel threatened by anyone at any time, you should contact UIC Police at 5-5555. If you would like a security escort please contact 6-8888. In addition, you may contact Hospital Administration at 312.996.3900, or email at IncidentCommand@UIC.EDU.

UIC and UI Health will do everything reasonably within our power to avert a strike, and we are prepared to continue good faith bargaining for as long as it takes to reach a successful agreement with both unions.

Incident Command