UW Health officials, nurses meet at Governor’s mansion in bid to avert strike

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health officials met with nurses and union leaders at the Governor’s mansion Friday in an effort to avoid a planned strike, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin officials confirmed.

Nurses at the hospital are set to walk out on Tuesday as they push for union recognition. UW Health had previously refused to engage in talks with the union, citing Act 10. In June, Attorney General Josh Kaul found that the hospital could collectively bargain with the union.

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In a statement, SEIU officials said that nurses, union leaders and the UW Health board met with a state mediator on Friday afternoon. At around 5 p.m. Friday, negotiations then moved to the Governor’s residence, with Gov. Evers convening the meeting.

Mediations were set to continue Sunday morning, SEIU officials said.

The full statement from SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin can be read below.

Friday afternoon, UW Health nurses and union leaders, the UW Health Board, and a management team member met with a state mediator in an effort to resolve the dispute over union recognition for UW Health RNs and avert the planned nurses’ strike. At 5 pm Friday evening, Governor Tony Evers convened the parties at the Governor’s residence to continue the mediation. The parties are reconvening Sunday morning to continue this process.