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Caregivers at UIHC receive Regents’ response to their Partnership Proposal

January 21, 2021

In contract talks at UIHC, Iowa Regents respond today to the innovative Partnership Proposal put forward by 4,000 union caregivers.

– RNs and professional staff kicked off talks last week with a proposal that sets aside old, adversarial ways and pursues joint solutions
– UIHC adopted the slogan “We Stand Together” during the pandemic; Regents’ response will show if they’re ready to put those words into action

WHAT: Iowa Regents respond to UIHC caregivers’ innovative Partnership Proposal

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Livestreamed at Iowa Board of Regents YouTube page: bit.ly/IowaRegentsYouTube (Livestream link also available at: www.iowaregents.edu)

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Download union Partnership Proposal here with strong images of UIHC caregivers || Contact us for interviews with union bargaining team members

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IOWA CITY — As they continue to battle COVID-19, caregivers at University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) today receive the initial contract offer of the Iowa Regents.

In a livestreamed presentation on Thursday at 1 p.m., the Regents, who oversee UIHC, give their response to the innovative Partnership Proposal put forward by the union caregivers. The union proposal invites the Regents and UIHC administrators 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 our hospitals and clinics,” said Cathy Glasson, president of SEIU Local 199, which unites the 4,000 nurses and professional staff of UIHC. “In these contract talks, we want to work with the Regents and the administration to put those words into action.”

Here are the essentials of the Partnership Proposal the SEIU Local 199 bargaining team made last Wednesday, Jan. 13:

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

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.

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