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Results from a Survey of Medical Residents’ Attitudes about Unions
Labor Studies Journal
  • Jonathan L. Kaplan, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Robert C. Hoell, Georgia Southern University
  • Alan B. Marr, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Sharon Weintraub, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • J. Patrick O'Leary, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • John P. Hunt, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-2007
DOI
10.1177/0160449X07300513
Abstract
A study was conducted to evaluate medical residents’ attitudes toward unionization and to measure issues a residency union might pursue. Medical residents are in a transitory state between graduate student and working professional, giving them little voice in the workplace. It is possible that medical residents could be the next “niche” area for unions seeking to grow their membership. A Web-based survey was e-mailed to residents throughout the country. There were 578 responses, with residents strongly desiring health and malpractice insurance as well as free parking. The results also showed that although 82 percent would consider joining a union, only a third would help organize and form that union. Given these conflicting results, the unionization of medical residents would require new organizing techniques geared specifically for these employees.
Citation Information
Jonathan L. Kaplan, Robert C. Hoell, Alan B. Marr, Sharon Weintraub, et al.. "Results from a Survey of Medical Residents’ Attitudes about Unions" Labor Studies Journal Vol. 32 Iss. 4 (2007) p. 411 - 429
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_c_hoell/65/