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
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
Ross Rubin, Acting Executive Director