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After uniting to fight COVID, UIHC caregivers kick off contract talks with innovative Partnership Proposal

January 12, 2021

4,000 nurses and professionals at UIHC are beginning talks for a new union contract on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

– UIHC adopted the slogan “We Stand Together” during the pandemic; caregivers are putting those words into action with an innovative partnership proposal
– In a livestreamed presentation, the union team will call on UIHC administration and Iowa Regents to work together on solutions to staffing, pandemic challenges

WHAT: 4,000 Univ. of Iowa caregivers kick off contract talks with innovative partnership proposal

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Livestreamed at Iowa Board of Regents YouTube page: (Livestream link also available at:

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Download our Powerpoint proposal here with strong images of UIHC caregivers || Contact us for online interviews with union bargaining team members || Read today’s Des Moines Register op-ed by a UIHC caregiver

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IOWA CITY — After uniting to fight COVID-19, caregivers at University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) are kicking off contract talks today with an innovative partnership proposal.

In a livestreamed presentation at 1 p.m., the union team will call on the UIHC administration and the Iowa Regents to work together with frontline staff to protect care and solve staffing and pandemic challenges.

UIHC adopted the slogan “We Stand Together” when COVID-19 hit the hospital. The 4,000 nurses and professional staff at UIHC, who are united in SEIU Local 199, seek a contract that will put those words into action. Here are the essentials of the proposal the SEIU Local 199 bargaining team will make:

The UIHC caregivers go into these negotiations with major momentum. In October, they voted 2,828 to 38 to keep their union in a recertification election required for Iowa public employees.

Negotiators for the Iowa Regents, who oversee UIHC, will respond to the union proposal on Thur., Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

SEIU Local 199 represents 5,000 healthcare and public service workers across Iowa. It is an affiliate of the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union. SEIU’s Healthcare Division includes 1 million nurses, lab techs, environmental service workers and other vital staff who serve 60 million patients and clients.