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August 9, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(6):461-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320053014

COURTS AND THE UNIONIZATION OF HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES  PREPARED BY THOMAS V. McDAVITT, BUREAU OF LEGAL MEDICINE AND LEGISLATION, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, CHICAGOThe administrative personnel and governing boards of nongovernmental hospitals are increasingly concerned with the possibility of being confronted with demands in connection with the attempted unionization of the maintenance and other nonprofessional employees of their hospitals, and with their legal right to resist such activities. Since most private, nongovernmental hospitals depend on public donations or endowments to continue operations, and since it is practically impossible under present conditions to obtain increased donations or endowments from the public, the enforcement of demands concomitant with unionization, which almost inevitably increases operating expenses substantially, may well render affected hospitals less able to carry on their essential functions and result in a diminution in the quantity and quality of hospital services.These so-called unionization demands stem essentially from the enactment in eight