Press Release

Chicago nurses and faith leaders to deliver letters of support for ongoing contract negotiations to ensure patient safety

Four nurses inside hospital hold signs "Staff Up for Safe Patient Care"

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., will deliver letters of community support to management on Aug. 30, 2023, announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today. They’ll be joined by faith leaders from Arise Chicago to deliver the letters, including a letter from Ward 17 Alderman David Moore.

The letters highlight nurses’ patient safety concerns, including around the staffing crisis, workplace violence and safety, and the necessity of a strong contract to recruit and retain nurses. Nurses and allies plan to read the letters publicly to press that attends. They will attempt to hand deliver them to Randall Smith, an executive vice president.

  • Who: RNs at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and community allies
  • What: Delivery of allies’ support letters for a strong contract
  • When: Aug. 30, 2023, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago

Event will also be streamed live on Arise Chicago’s Facebook page.

“Jackson Park Hospital has a responsibility to hire and retain the best skilled nurses to deliver healthcare in this underserved community and to ensure the safety of its staff” said Yulonda Clark, RN in the emergency department. “We’re honored to stand with our community allies, who are standing with us to let management know we need a strong contract.”

“We have been fighting to create the conditions to deliver safe, therapeutic and quality healthcare to our community,” said Jennifer Harris-Goldsmith, RN in case management. “Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center need to come to the table with proposals that reflect these goals.”

NNOC/NNU represents nearly/more than 6,000 registered nurses across the Chicagoland area, which includes Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center.

National Nurses Organizing Committee is an affiliate of National Nurses United, the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States with nearly 225,000 members nationwide. NNU affiliates also include California Nurses Association, DC Nurses Association, Michigan Nurses Association, Minnesota Nurses Association, and New York State Nurses Association.