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January 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(3):233-234. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030055015

Efforts on the part of unions in Pennsylvania to unionize hospital employees were recently surveyed critically in connection with a case decided by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on January 6.1 Apparently, attempts to form a union among hospital employees were opposed by the officials of some twenty-five hospitals involved. The hospitals refused to execute a proposed agreement with the unions or to negotiate any agreement, and the unions then appealed to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, charging unfair labor practices on the part of the hospitals. The matter came before the court of common pleas of Dauphin County when the hospitals filed a bill for an injunction to restrain the Labor Relations Board and the unions from proceeding with the plans under consideration. This petition stated that the formation of a union among hospital employees would result in demands of such a character as to jeopardize the financial