Nurses at the University of Kansas Hospital are at an impasse with management over their contract.
In a statement Nov. 11, the Kansas University Nurses Association said the contract offer would result in significant cuts in most nurses’ salaries. The nurses have scheduled an informational picket from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, on 39th Street between State Line Road and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kan.
“Our patients want and need the best nurses,” said Emily Harvey, president of KUNA, in a news release. “We have expressed to the Hospital Authority our concern that their treatment of its topflight nursing staff will drive excellent nurses away. We work at KU Hospital because we love the work, and we love our patients whose illnesses require the best, most advanced treatments. Our patients deserve the best, and our communities do too – and that is something for which we will always fight.”
A KU Hospital spokesman said both the hospital and union agreed to file with the Kansas Public Employee Relations Board declaring an impasse. It was not a unilateral action by the hospital, the spokesman said.
Both the hospital and union leadership agreed to the “agreement/changes to the contract” at the negotiating table and signed/initialed the document, according to the KU Hospital spokesman.