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Physicians Get Union Election at NY Hospital

More than 220 physicians at the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City will hold an election in the next three or four weeks to determine whether to join a union. The Doctors Council-a union of attending physicians-announced today that a National Labor Relations Board decision rejected the hospital's claims that some doctors were supervisors and not allowed to participate in an election. The NLRB has "reaffirmed the rights of doctors, specifically sub-specialists, unit chiefs and section chiefs, to enjoy the benefits and protections afford by a labor union," said Barry Liebowitz, MD, and president of the Doctors Council. A hospital spokesperson said the hospital is glad the issue has been resolved.

Source: AHA News Now, March 20, 2000