Howard Brown Health Continues to Bargain with Nurses’ Union

Reaching a mutually agreeable contract with the nurses’ union at Howard Brown Health is a top priority and essential step towards Howard Brown’s mission to provide excellent patient care. A skilled, professional, and supportive nursing department is core to our commitment to patients and community.  For many of Howard Brown’s patients, it is the affirming, professional, and responsive approaches of nurses and other care-team professionals that makes Howard Brown a sought-after care home.

Last night Howard Brown’s labor relations team advanced our 4th proposal on wages, benefits, and bonuses to members of the bargaining unit representing Howard Brown nurses. Bargaining members diligently delivered a counter proposal, which we appreciated.  Teams representing nurses and Howard Brown are at the bargaining table right now in pursuit of a mutually accepted agreement.

Our most recent proposal includes a comprehensive package of wage increases, a bonus structure valuing patient care, and enhanced pay to value language competency, evening and weekend shifts, education, experience, tenure, and other special circumstances. In total, our offer sets nursing pay above 75% of community health centers in Chicago. 

Howard Brown will keep patients and community members informed as negotiations continue. We are working to find common ground and land on a package that shows the organization’s values and centers patients. Howard Brown will continue to work with nurses and the assigned federal mediator to ensure Howard Brown’s full participation in good faith bargaining continues.

Please see the previously published statements on September 28 and September 16 for more updates on agreed upon contract provisions and the bargaining process.

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