CHICAGO – Physicians For Responsible Negotiation (PRN), a national negotiating
(labor) organization created by the American Medical Association, lauds the decision of
the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to allow resident physicians in private
institutions to organize collective bargaining units under the National Labor Relations
The decision, in the Boston Medical Center case, reverses a more than 2 decade old NLRB
opinion that had found resident physicians, training in the nation’s teaching
hospitals, were not "employees" for purposes of national labor laws. Resident
physicians have been able to organize in some public hospitals under state laws.
"We are very excited that the NLRB has reversed its previous opinion and decided
this case in favor of empowering resident physicians to organize. This decision will now
allow physicians in training to raise and resolve important patient care and other
workplace issues with the protection of federal labor laws," said Susan H. Adelman,
MD, President of PRN. "We have been waiting for this decision and we are prepared to
begin working with resident groups that would like to organize through PRN."
PRN will offer resident physicians a professional alternative to traditional labor
unions. It will strictly follow and apply the ethical standards and principles of the
medical profession in all of its activities. The goals of PRN will be accomplished without
strikes or other withholding of essential medical services.
"It is now up to resident physicians across the country to decide what is right
for them," explained Dr. Adelman. "For some residents, collective bargaining
under federal labor laws will be an important opportunity. Others may choose a different
course. For those who do choose the collective bargaining path, PRN will be there for
For more information contact:
Ross Rubin, Acting Executive Director