Nurse practitioners at clinics in Walgreen drug stores in Illinois are taking steps to form a union.
The Illinois Nurses Association announced Thursday it has agreed to represent approximately 180 nurse practitioners who work in Take Care Clinics in the Chicago area, Rockford and Peoria.
The association has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. A hearing Monday in Chicago will deal with which classifications of employees constitute an appropriate bargaining unit.
The nurses are concerned about a pay reduction, an increase in the cost of health benefits and other issues.
Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. operates 45 Take Care Clinics in Illinois. Sandra Ryan of Walgreen subsidiary Take Care Health Systems says clinic employees receive compensation and benefits that align with health care industry standards.