The interim agreements concluded by SEIU Local 73 and the UIC administration include that the four collective agreements oppose 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.” 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.” Negotiations have been ongoing since at least May, but have not reached an agreement. Officials with hospitals and clinics say they are “disappointed” that an agreement could not be reached. 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. The contracts with the administration apply to multi-year contracts for four bargaining units represented by SEIU Local 73 on campuses in Chicago, Rockford and Peoria, including construction workers, technicians, office workers and professionals. Michael Amiridis, Chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago 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 continue negotiations in good faith as long as it takes time to reach fair and fiscally responsible agreements.” “The UIC is bringing in workers from states where COVID 19 transmission rates are higher to break a strike by staff who complain that management is endangering the lives of workers and patients due to inconsistent enforcement of the COVID-19 safety protocol,” said Dian Palmer, SEIU Local 73 President , in a statement. We want to reach an agreement that is fair and only for the workers of the UIC, but we are also ready to strike. UIC workers fight not only for their livelihoods, but also for their lives, the safety of their families and the communities they serve. “We value and respect our SEIU colleagues and the crucial role they play in our campus community, and that is why we have worked hard to seek a fair and sound tax agreement,” the officials said in a statement. “It was important for us to keep and pay all staff throughout the pandemic, including those whose roles were partially or totally restricted, while some routine operations were suspended.” According to SEIU Local 73, “the UIC has not responded with sound proposals on issues that are most important to workers, including safe working conditions, adequate staffing and wage increases.” The union has also filed complaints of unfair labour practices with the National Labor Relations Board against UIC. 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. Health workers at the University of Illinois` Chicago Hospital are joining hundreds of Illinois nurses monday who accuse unfair labor practices as contract negotiations stalled.