American Academy of Emergency Medicine

NLRB Orders Election for PRN Representation

William Schaub Jr., Detroit regional director for the NLRB, has directed The Wellness Plan to hold a union representation election for physician employees who want to be represented by the AMA's new national negotiating organization, the Physicians for Responsible Negotiation. The PRN filed a petition to represent the doctors in late December, but The Wellness Plan argued at hearings in January that all the physicians requesting the representations were supervisors and thus not eligible for a bargaining unit. Schaub found for the doctors in his February 11 decision. He also determined that their request for a physicians-only unit was appropriate. The doctors are now asking that the plan voluntarily recognize a PRN unit instead of going through the election procedure.

Source: AHA News Now, February 14, 2000