AMA backs off union plans
Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits supervising nurses and other health-care workers from joining labor unions, the American Medical Association announced yesterday that it would withdraw its plans to spur organizing efforts at private hospitals. Two years ago, the National Labor Relations Board paved the way for residents at private hospitals to bargain collectively and the AMA took the unprecedented step of establishing a union to address the problems caused by an emerging managed-care system. The AMA’s recent decision to back off its unionizing efforts is seen as a setback for the labor movement.
See Bruce Japsen, Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2001