Unions in the Healthcare Industry

Source: Leslie Goff Sanders and Alonda W. McCutcheon, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 61 no. 3, Fall 2010
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Labor unions in the healthcare industry have been much in the news of late, particularly the emergence of large and well-funded nursing unions. There is a sense of urgency among nursing unions to organize nurses in large numbers, as well as an increased push to organize other groups of healthcare workers. What is the impact of this increased organizing activity within the healthcare industry? Beyond the obvious answer of unions’ desire to rebuild ailing labor unions and increase dues revenue in order to fully answer these questions it is important to understand both the past and the current labor relations landscape. This article will provide an overview of the application of labor law in the healthcare industry and a practical discussion of the changes businesses face if their workforce becomes unionized.

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