More than 800 nurses strike strike at Chicago hospital over failed contract negotiations


More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) in Chicago began Saturday morning when contract negotiations broke down to nurse-to-patient ratio.

About 1,400 nurses were originally scheduled to leave the job, but a judge ordered a temporary ban on Friday Preventing critical care nurses from striking out.

Hospital announced “Staff Interruption” As of Saturday it informed the patients how the seven-day strike could affect their appointments.

The Illinois Nurses Association (INA), which represents hundreds of UIH nurses working along the lines of the coronovirus epidemic, is asking the hospital to tell how many patients the same nurse is treating at any given time . However, the hospital has argued that a prescribed nurse-to-patient ratio does not work.

Nurses were unable to reach an agreement on patient limits during 20 bargaining sessions during the three-year contract that ended on 24 August between INA and the hospital system, but was extended until 7 September.

“Daycare operators have ratios, correct. You can’t have more than eight or nine infants. Doug Kennil has a ratio,” explained Doris Carroll, president of the INA and University of Illinois Health Nurse. A Local ABC Associate. “Why can’t hospitals have a ratio?”

Adopting the patient ratio would require that the hospital employ more nurses, which Carroll said would benefit patients in the long run.

“We have two decades of research supporting that enough nurses at the bedside will prevent falls, prevent infections, prevent deaths – in the hospital’s mind you”.

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