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March 15, 1952

The Operation of Sickness Benefit Plans in Collective Bargaining

JAMA. 1952;148(11):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110093026

Programs extending aid to workers during illness have sprung from the efforts of unions to advance the welfare of their members. Having thus placed sickness insurance in the framework of union organization, the author cautiously notes that sickness benefit plans create their own unique set of problems. Policy and administration, although related to the unions' broader operations, must develop through procedures best adapted to these plans. Organization and administration of benefit programs is the theme of this report that surveys 10 union-management plans established by collective bargaining. The present publication is an extension of an earlier study made in 1945 by the industrial relations section outlining the growth, provisions, and problems related to negotiated sickness insurance programs ("Group Health Insurance and Sickness Benefit Plans in Collective Bargaining"). Material from this earlier report, in addition to interviews and correspondence, are the sources for the present study.

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