Independent from Long Beach, California on March 23, 1976 · Page 6
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 6

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, March 23, 1976
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INDEPENDENT (AM) / PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) IOTO PMC*, e.m., TU«., - Y -J - ' Intern strikes barred NLRB ruling says they're students, can't have union WASHINGTON (AP) The National Labor Relations Board delivered a crippling blow to the hud- ding union movement among young d o c t o r s Monday by ruling that interns and residents arc nol entitled to organize or strike under the umbrella of federal law. In a precedent-setting -1- to-l decision, the board ruled that interns and residents are students, nol hospital employes elidible to be represented by a union f o r collective bargaining. The board dismissed petitions (or representation elections among the house staffs at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. THE PETITIONS were filed hy locals of Ihe Physician's National Houses l a f f Association, an organi/ulion representing nearly one-third of the country's 60,000 interns and residents. Its president. Dr. Itob- ert 0. Harmon of Elkridge, Md., called the decision "Ford-style union busting" and threatened possible job actions. "By cynically classifying them as students, the NLRB has given hospitals official approval to continue to exploit young doctors hy using their medical skills, then paying them like orderlies," Harmon said. "The administration- packed NLRB has publicly affirmed that Ihe profits of hospital employers arc more important than the welfare of workers or the sick." The doctors could appeal lo the federal courts, lint Harmon indicated no appeal was likely. NLRB appeals in the courts have not been an "effective mechanism," ho said. HARMON'S association, founded in 1072, has led a number of strikes at hospitals in New York City. Chicago and Los Angeles, emphasizing better working conditions and improved patient care. Kven without NLRB recognition, the doctors could still strike, as they have in Ihe past, hut without protection of federal law. . Medical e d u c a t o r s , grouped in the Association of American Medical Colleges, have opposed (lie new union's organizing efforts, warning that the demands of interns and residents would put further upward pressure on hospital rales. In a s t a t e m e n t , the association's p r e s i d e n t . Dr. John A.I). Cooper, said Ihe NLKB decision "will further strengthen the traditional student- teacher relationship which is largely responsible for the superior training A m e r i c a n physicians ro- ccive." THE M,RB ruled that while interns and residents spend much of their lime "in direct palienl care ... they participate in these programs nol for Ihe purpose of earning a living: instead they are there to pursue the graduate medical education lhal is a requirement for the practice of medicine." In the lone dissenting opinion, board member John 11. Fanning asserted that interns and residents -- physicians who already have their M.D. degrees -perform a service (or Ihe hospilal for which they are paid and are, therefore, employes as well as students entitled to representation Fanning noted "a pat h e t i c irony" in the majority's decision, saying (hat the Physicians National Housestaff Association, after leading the fight to bring nonprofit hospitals under NLRB jurisdiction, is "hy fiat read out of the act." The decision, he said, "is nol grounded hi the statute. Ihe law or reason." ! 20 mg "13.: 1.3 mg. 17ir.g."larrUing IK. I I9mg."iar" 1.3mg. nic. KINGS :.· 19mg"lar."Unv). n*. '.';·' ·'· ···--'*TM F I L T E R S 19rmj."l3r," l.3mq. nic. I 18ma."ui."1.1na.nii. 1 I M I \ M 28mg."larr l.7mg.nic. 18mg."taC 1 Jmg.nic. -,, LUCKY 10 wg.'lai: 1 0.7 rag. nk 1 4 mg.'lai." 0.9 mg. nic. i 12 mg.-lar.- 0.8 mg. nit 118 rr.g."lai!' l.?mg.n'ic. DORAl 13 mg.-lai.-1.0 mg. nic. LOWER IN TMt THAN AU THESE BRANDS. LIGHTS aen tsv ONLY SMC TAR. YET TASTES SO COOO t YOU WONT BELIEVE THE NUMBERS. Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous m Your Health. _ pJmg/iiicpiitleav.per.cigatettebyFICMeihwf:

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