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Physicians for Responsible Negotiation

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 14, 2000

NLRB AFFIRMS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR PRN/WELLNESS PLAN PHYSICIANS - ELECTION TO BE HELD IMMEDIATELY

CHICAGO - The National Labor Relations Board, in a decision by its Regional Director in Detroit issued on February 11, 2000, directed an election so that physician employees of The Wellness Plan can vote to be represented by Physicians for Responsible Negotiation (PRN), a national negotiating organization created by the American Medical Association.

PRN filed a petition to represent the employed physicians at The Wellness Plan in late December. At two days of hearings in January, The Wellness Plan challenged the proposed negotiating unit claiming that all of the physicians were "supervisors" and, therefore, not eligible for collective bargaining. In a written decision issued last Friday, the Regional Director (William C. Schaub, Jr.) found in favor of the physicians’ organizing effort on all points. The decision found against the claim of Wellness that the physicians were "supervisors" under the National Labor Relations Act. [Only non-supervisory personnel are eligible to organize.] The decision also found that the physicians’ request for a physicians-only unit was appropriate.

In commenting, PRN President Susan H. Adelman, MD, a Detroit pediatric surgeon, said, "We are extremely pleased with today’s decision. PRN and the physicians employed by Wellness are eager to get to the table with the management of The Wellness Plan to negotiate an agreement that will allow the physicians to actively participate in critical decisions that impact on patient care. In light of the strong support we have from the physicians employed by The Wellness Plan, we have asked the plan to voluntarily recognize PRN as the bargaining unit, avoiding the time and effort to hold an election."

If The Wellness Plan does not voluntarily recognize PRN, the NLRB’s secret ballot election will be held in the near future, where a majority will determine if PRN will become their exclusive bargaining organization.

For more information contact:

Susan H. Adelman, MD, President
313-562-3062

Ross Rubin, Acting Executive Director
312-464-4PRN (4776)





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