Last week, National Nurses United (NNU) filed a plethora of charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the University of Chicago. In its complaint, NNU accused the university of bargaining in bad faith, unlawfully surveilling nurses, and engaging in direct dealing with employees.
The charges stem from the parties’ fractious bargaining relationship. The parties began negotiating over a new collective bargaining agreement last August, but thus far have failed to reach an agreement. In fact, the nurses have been working without a contract since last October. And in a worrying sign for the university, nurses in the bargaining unit authorized the NNU to issue a strike notice if the bargaining team believed such a measure to be necessary.
In a short statement, a university spokesperson denied NNU’s charges and further asserted that the union is not presenting a “balanced view of negotiations” to its constituents.
Currently, the biggest reported stumbling blocks on the way to a collective bargaining agreement involve disagreements between the parties over staffing levels and the university’s policy of rotating nurses between day and night shifts.
Stay tuned to @LRToday for updates on the parties’ negotiations.