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January 16, 1904

Trades Unionism Among Hospital Attendants.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(3):183-184. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490480045014

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Sherman, Texas, Jan. 6, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, January 2, are an editorial, "Trades Unionism Among Hospital Attendants," and a letter from Dr. V. H. Podstata, entitled "Trades Unionism Among Asylum Employes," a subject of more than ordinary importance. The statement of Dr. Podstata: "It is a well-known fact that the attendants and nurses, as well as other employes at Dunning, are under the protection of civil service, the protection being so strong as to absolutely prevent me from either hiring or discharging an employe," is a startling revelation. The forming of a union by the attendants and employes "organized on the same basis as a regular labor organization" is ominous. Hospitals for the insane can not be successfully conducted without a proper organization of officers and employes, all working together under an established set of rules. The superintendent, being responsible for the management, can not have

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