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Welcome to the UIHC Chapter of SEIU Local 199!

We are the 3,800 nurses and healthcare professionals of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). We organized in 1998 to gain a voice in the decisions that affect patient care and our work environment. Our members include registered nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical lab scientists, dietitians, social workers and pharmacists, to name just a few of the more than 70 occupations united in our chapter.

For two decades, we’ve negotiated contracts that set strong standards for patient care and professional conduct at UIHC. In 2017, however, Iowa legislators passed a law gutting the rights of public employees. The UIHC administration then used that law to void our contract from 2017 to 2019.

UIHC members ran an intense contract campaign in 2019, and though we did not win the full and fair contract we were seeking, we did restore an agreement that includes 2.1 percent across-the-board raises for both 2019 and 2020. You can download that agreement here:


UIHC members also worked together in 2019 to reactivate the hospital’s Labor-Management Committee. That committee was established in our pre-2017 union contract, but it is also contained in the hospital’s current Employee Manual for Staff Nurses & Allied Health Professionals.

The Employee Manual was created by the UIHC administration in 2017 as a substitute for the robust language in our former contract. In fact, many provisions in the Employee Manual closely follow the language of our pre-2017 contract. However, it can never be an adequate substitute for a binding union contract. As a disclaimer in the manual notes, “The procedures, practices, policies, and benefits described here may be modified or discontinued from time to time.”

With that disclaimer in mind, immediately below is a downloadable copy of the manual, which offers employees guidance in a variety of workplace situations. (Please note that the text in the PDF is searchable.)

UIHC Employee Manual for Staff Nurses & Allied Health Professionals

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