Madison Common Council backs UW Health nurses in unionization efforts

Alders and nurses are asking for a fair union election process by the end of the year

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health nurses looking to unionize received the backing of the Madison Common Council on Thursday, as they push for a union voice.

Alders and nurses are asking UW Health for a fair union election process to take place before the end of the year. The nurses say they want to collectively negotiate for safe staffing, adequate personal protective equipment, continuing education benefits, and fair and flexible scheduling.

“They call us essential, they call us heroes,” UW Hospital nurse Mariah Clark said Thursday. “But they don’t include us in any of the real decision making around staffing, patient safety or protective equipment.”

“UW Health leaders and staff nurses work together directly and collaboratively to meet the needs of our patients while following all state and federal laws related to our workforce,” UW Health spokesperson Emily Kumlien said in a statement Thursday.