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Nurses, University of Illinois Hospital reach pact

Nurses, University of Illinois Hospital reach pact

CHICAGO – Nurses and administrators of the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago have reached a tentative agreement that ends the threat of a walkout.

Members of the Illinois Nurses Association were scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday after an impasse over a new contract. Union leaders now say a strike won’t take place.

The nurses had expressed concern the hospital planned to cut the number of experienced nurses providing direct patient care. The nurses also opposed a proposal that would allow the hospital to change their schedules within 24 hours’ notice.

Chris Martin of the Illinois Nurses Association on Monday did not reveal the terms of the new contract, which the union is recommending the hospital’s 1,100 nurses accept.

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