“I`m thrilled with all we`ve accomplished — we`ve won in so many ways,” said Lavitta Steward, program manager and member of seIU Local 73`s negotiating committee. “The university had no respect for our union for this contract. The university did not expect us to come together and get together. The university tried to divide us by an injunction. But what they did was agree, they made us strong, they gave people the courage to fight for themselves and for each other. We will not be lightly passed again, and this is an amazing victory for us. The four agreements include an expanded language for equal pay and injustice. According to the Uwumarogie, these developments “will give us the opportunity to tackle indistinguishments in certain departments and prevent wage reprisals.” Recent strikes led by SEIU Local 73 and the Illinois Nurses Association have led to a victory for UIC and University of Illinois hospital workers. After dozens of rounds of negotiations, THE INA, which represents more than 1,300 nurses, launched a seven-day strike on 12 September. More than a year of failed contract negotiations led nearly 4,000 SEIU Local employees to 73 UIC employees to begin unfair 10-day strike work practices two days later in solidarity with INA and demand that the UIC “respect, protect and pay us.” UIC`s ongoing contracts with SEIU trading units expired between August and December of last year. Mr. Amiridis and Mr.
Zenn stated that the main terms of the current contracts, including compensation, health insurance and other benefits, are still in effect until the two parties enter into new agreements. Only three of the four bargaining units benefit from step-by-step progress. Professional workers and DSCC are exempt from tax. “We are leaving the pickets victorious in so many areas,” said Alicia Uwumarogie, physiotherapist and member of the SEIU Local 73 negotiating committee. “We have gained the confidence and strength to take the lead. We have proven our collective power by working in this strike. Our members will be loud and proud of this victory and what we have done in recent weeks. We will continue to fight until justice, fairness, justice and respect become the standard of the UIC.
The four collective agreements are opposed to outsourcing and the obligation to ensure the safety of staff and fill vacancies. SEIU President Dian Palmer said, “This strike has served as a powerful symbol for essential workers everywhere and has worked on this pandemic so that we can win together.” On October 1, UI Health co-chief steward Paul Pater announced on October 1 that a super-majority of nurses voted in favour of the contract guaranteeing safe patient limits. The organization of work at the UIC and UI Health had been made particularly difficult by the university: the UIC had pushed non-state workers across the SEIU picket line, while UI Health had obtained an injunction against inA, thus preventing some carers from participating in the strike. Despite the university`s efforts to undermine the movement, SEIU Local 73 and INA both left the picket lines victorious after successfully demonstrating their pricing power. Preliminary agreements reached by SEIU Local 73 and the administration of the UIC include: Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor and Michael Zenn, CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, said in a September 3 statement that the UIC is committed to negotiating and is “ready to pursue important negotiations in good faith as long as it takes to reach fair and fiscally responsible agreements.” CHICAGO, Ill. — Workers today ended an unfair 10-day conflict at the University of Illinois-Chicago after concluding preliminary agreements that offer workers covid-19 protection and wage increases. Contracts with the administration apply to multi-year contracts for four trading units representing