I have enjoyed the recent reappearance of discussions on our title.
I wanted to add the following information about titles and status with
unions. I recently sat through Department of Labor hearings with union
lawyers and lawyers from our medical center (an interesting experience
but another story). A union was trying to get representation of our
"non-professional staff". This large bargaining unit would have been
made up of everyone from housekeepers and kitchen staff to many levels
of medical-care providers including some of my staff.
The DOL and union distinction that they were using to classify someone
as a "professional" was either requiring the employee to have a 4-year
college degree or a "license". In our lab's case, our staff who not
ARDMS credentialed (which was considered by the union as sort of a
"license") would have been represented by the union and part of their
bargaining unit. Our RVT's would not have been part of the union. Can
you just imagine running a lab with some folks as union staff and others
Bottom line, it seems in general that the unions and the DOL really
didn't care about any of the job titles or names of
licenses/certifications. They were using educational requirements or
state licensure as their criteria for medical professionals.
Ann Marie Kupinski
Karmody Vascular Laboratory
Albany New York
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