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Bargaining Preparation Updates

  • Your bargaining team has been meeting regularly and working hard to review the bargaining surveys that have been submitted. Based on their initial review, the top issues that members care about are competitive pay and benefits, work/life balance, a voice on the job, a clean and safe campus, training opportunities, and job security.
  • Bargaining surveys are available for UIC members to fill out! It takes members working together to win a fair contract. This is YOUR union! Everyone’s help and input is valuable and needed. This survey is just one step. The bargaining committees will need to know how you would improve wages and working conditions, and what you are willing to do to help get there. Please submit your online survey as soon as possible. There are also paper surveys available for employees to fill out, to receive those please contact your field organizer or steward to arrange time to drop them off.

Purple Wednesdays are back!

  • Starting this Wednesday, your union will be sending biweekly Purple Wednesday emails with updates on bargaining, campaigns, and other important information.
  • To show UIC that we are standing united, it’s time to relaunch #PurpleWednesdays! Participation is easy, just wear your Local 73 purple swag – buttons, winter hats, or hoodies – or any purple on Wednesdays. Join your coworkers by purpling up next Wednesday!

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Upcoming Member Meetings

  • For anyone who missed the contract meetings held in September, you can find highlights from the presentation and discussion attached at one of these links: 9/20 Clerical Meeting, 9/22 Pro Meeting, 9/26 Tech Meeting, 9/28 Serv Meeting. We will hold contract-specific membership meetings over the upcoming year and its important that you make an attempt to attend future meetings so that you and your coworkers always know what’s going on.
  • To set up a department meeting in your area to discuss the bargaining surveys, upcoming contract negotiations, or any other issue impacting you and your coworkers, please reach out directly to your Union Representative for assistance”

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Find Your Union Steward and Staff Representative

Staff at the local are assigned to work with specified buildings, departments and colleges of the university. These assignments may change from time to time. Please see the list below for an updated breakdown of which staff are assigned to which areas and their contact information. If you do not see your area listed below, reach out to Melinda Bunnage, Deputy Director of Higher Education, at mbunnage@seiu73.org.

Cheriell Jackson (CJ), cjackson@seiu73.org

  • UI Health
    • Outpatient Care Center 
    • Ear & Eye Infirmary 
    • Rehab Services dept 
    • Labs & Pathology dept 
    • Medical Call Center dept 
    • Patient Access, Patient Accounting & Patient Logistics depts 
    • Ambulatory Care 
  • Chicago’s West campus
    • Neuropsychiatric Institute 
    • College of Medicine Buildings 
    • Clinical Science Buildings 
    • Medical Sciences Building 
    • Marshfield Ave Building 
    • West Research Office Building 
  • Chicago’s East Campus
    • 715-722 & 704 Maxwell 
    • Family Medicine Center & Departments 

Felix Ortiz, fortiz@seiu73.org 

  • Division of Specialized Care for Children 
  • UIC School of Law 
  • Miles Square Clinics 
  • Chicago West Campus
    • Hospital Building Service Workers 
    • Biologic Resources Laboratory 
    • College of Dentistry 
    • College of Pharmacy 
    • Miles Square Clinic Main 
    • Campus Building Service Workers and House Attendants
  • Chicago East Campus
    • Building Service Workers and House Attendants

Abby Schultz, aschultz@seiu73.org  

  • UI Health
    • UIC Hospital 
    • Specialty Care Building 
    • Dialysis dept 
    • Continuum of Care dept 
    • Clinical Nutrition dept 
    • Info Tech Services dept 
    • Radiology

Andrew Yale, ayale@seiu73.org 

  • College of Medicine Peoria 
  • College of Medicine Rockford & LP Johnson 
  • Chicago Campus
    • All East Campus Colleges & Programs (Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Education, etc.) 
    • Technology Solutions 
    • Campus Housing 
    • Campus Facilities (Parking, Telecommunicators, Mail, Procurement 
    • Healthy Cities Collaborative 
    • Student Center East & West 
    • Daley Library & Library of the Health Sciences 
    • Student Services Building (East) 
    • Disability, Health, and Social Policy Building (East) 
    • Human Resources Building (West) 
    • School of Public Health (West) 
    • Applied Health Sciences Building (West) 
    • Administrative Office Building (West) 

Look here for a complete list of UIC stewards. Every department should have a steward. If you don’t have a steward in your area, nominate yourself or someone else here!

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Last Updated 3/23/23

Contract Fight Forms

Bargaining Survey

Bargaining Survey (Printable)

Bargaining Survey (Spanish)

Bargaining Committee Form

Bargaining Committee Form (Spanish)

CAT Team Form

CAT Team Form (Spanish)

Purple Wednesdays

Be sure to wear your SEIU swag or purple every Wednesday as we continue to call on UIC to honor the contract! #KeepYourWordUIC

Download this Zoom background for your meetings.

LaVitta “Vee” Steward, Local 73 Vice President and UIC Chief Steward, speaks in solidarity with the UIC GEO Strike
Building Service Worker Eugene Burnett tells his story, and asks that UIC leaders put themselves in the shoes of workers. #KeepYourWordUIC

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UIC Updates and Upcoming Member Meet-ups Flyer

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SEIU73 UI Health Update

SEIU 73 Stands with the GEO Strike!

Join us for Technical Vacation Payout Info Session Today!

Update on Technical Vacation Payout

UIC News Archive

Resources & Links

General Information

Worksite Issue Report Forms

Union Contracts & Relevant Policies/Resources

Steward Information

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