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Join us in celebrating the one-year anniversary of our historic strike! For ten days, thousands of SEIU 73 workers from hundreds of job titles and departments came together on the picket line fighting for UIC to protect, respect and pay us.

On September 23rd, the final day of the strike, 73 members shut down the construction site across from the hospital. That afternoon, the contracts were settled, and the strike was called off! Workers won significant across the board raises, annual market analysis of their titles, increases to hourly differentials, and established bilingual certification bonuses for the first time ever.

“We stood in solidarity, demanded respect, and brought national attention to our issues. Most importantly we learned that when we fight, we win. Solidarity!” –Member Vice President and Chief Steward Lavitta “Vee” Steward.

This week, we are celebrating our solidarity and our unity by rolling out new tools and resources for UIC union members that never before existed so that all members can have the information and knowledge to enforce your contract and keep UIC accountable to their word.

  • Contract Distribution & Fight Back Trainings! This week we will distribute contracts and hold short in-person training sessions that will cover employee rights in the workplace, rights under the union contract, and the tools that you and your co-workers can use to enforce those rights. See “Upcoming Member Meetings” for details.
  • Meet your stewards Fall 2021. If you don’t know who your steward is, check out this flyer with photos and names of UIC stewards across the hospital and campus.
  • Guide to Enforcing Your Contract Fall 2021. Having the contract is one thing, but knowing how to enforce it is something else! We will be distributing these guides to members so that you and your coworkers have all the tools you need to stand up and fight back.
  • Check out the revamped website, with a detailed list of links and resources.
  • Sign up to be a steward or nominate a coworker. Stewards lead the union in the workplace and serve as members’ first line of defense.
  • Sign up for COPE. Contributing to the Committee on Political Education  is how we build power politically to win a seat at the table and support the fight for improvements in our workplaces and communities. If you aren’t giving to COPE, give today!

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Upcoming Member Meetings

Fight Back Trainings: Enforcing your contract in the workplace

Training sessions will take place at a union table on the hour, but you are welcome to come out and get your contract at any time. So far we have tables scheduled the following dates and times.

  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Wood & Taylor St directly across from the OCC
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Wood & Taylor St directly across from the OCC.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Wood & Taylor St directly across from the OCC.
  • Additional virtual and in-person training sessions can be scheduled by department or work area. Reach out to your steward or union staff representative to schedule a training and a time to distribute the contracts for your area.

Fall 2021 Membership Meetings

We are committed to transparency and open communication so that every union member has the opportunity to contribute to discussions and decisions about the direction of our union. Our goal is to hold mass membership meetings every Fall and every Spring. Please save the date and RSVP now for one of the two Fall membership meetings.

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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.

Jeanene Johnson, Jeanene.Johnson@seiu73.org 

  • Hospital
  • Miles Square Clinics
  • College of Pharmacy

Ryan Miller, rmiller@seiu73.org 

  • Ear Eye Infirmary
  • Outpatient Care Center
  • College of Dentistry
  • Clinical Science Building
  • Division of Specialized Care for Children
  • John Marshall Law
  • College of Medicine

Andrew Yale, ayale@seiu73.org 

  • Building Service Workers
  • Facilities
  • Peoria
  • Rockford
  • East Campus Colleges/Buildings

Cathleen Jensen, cjensen@seiu73.org  Grievance Support

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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Resources & Links

General Information

Worksite Issue Report Forms

Union Contracts & Relevant Policies/Resources

Steward Information

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