University of Chicago Medical Center nurses are prepared to go on a one-day strike, after voting Thursday on the matter.
U of C medical center nurses, represented by National Nurses United (NNU), saw their labor agreement expire at the end of October, and have since been working without a contract. Ninety-five percent of the NNU-represented nurses at the hospital voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike.
Some of the sticking points in contract talks over the last four months center around staffing levels and rotating shifts. The two sides are expected to continue contract negotiations on Friday.
In response to the strike authorization vote, the medical center said in a statement, "We are extremely disappointed with the outcome of this vote, which authorizes the NNU to call a strike at any time and for any length of time -- without going back to nurses for a vote. We feel this vote is premature as our nurses have not yet seen the full outcome of negotiations."
If a strike were to happen, it would last one day, not "for any length of time," a union spokeswoman noted.