Late Tuesday night, over 1,000 registered nurses working for the University of Illinois overwhelmingly voted to authorize a labor strike.  While the nurses voted 93 percent in favor of the authorization, a second vote is still necessary to officially walk off the job.  A spokesperson for the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) stated that the second vote has not been scheduled as of now.

The nurses’ most recent collective bargaining agreement technically expired earlier this summer, although its terms have been extended until the end of September.  Negotiations are ongoing.

INA representatives have opined that the hospital is seeking steep concessions from its constituents.  In its defense, the hospital has blamed the need for belt-tightening on “a substantial decline in revenue.”

We will keep you posted as talks continue.