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Mount Sinai Beth Israel battles residents' union attempt

Residency Program Insider, June 12, 2014

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Trainees shouldn’t be able to unionize because they’re learners, not workers.
 
That’s the argument officials at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City are using to fight trainees’ attempt to unionize, the website DNAinfo New York reported.
 
Trainees at the institution are expected to vote this week on joining the Service Employees International Union’s Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). In New York, 25 hospitals have resident unions, according to DNAinfo New York.
 
Mount Sinai Beth Israel officials have argued that the National Labor Relations Board shouldn’t have cleared the vote because residents are students, not employees, the website reported. The director of the institution’s internal medicine training program testified that residents were unable to evaluate patients or make decisions as quickly as attending physicians.
 
Others disagree with the assertion that residents aren’t employees. "We think patients would be shocked to hear that the physicians who are operating on them or their loved ones are [considered] merely students," Dr. Sepideh Sedgh, CIR president, told DNAinfo New York.

 



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