RE: Unions for Histology

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From:"Nocito, Joseph" <>
To:"'John Shaw'" <>,
Date:Mon, 3 May 1999 12:30:36 -0500

I can see your point about forming unions.  Before getting into histology, I
was a plumber's assistant (non-union).  I saw many people who did not want
to strike have to or be labeled scabs.  These people had two or three kids
to feed.  How they survived is beyond me.  Can you imagine the stalemate in
histology labs if a union was formed.  Just look at the chemicals we use on
a daily basis.  Although I realize that there are labs out there that do not
have adequate ventilation and safety practices, many labs to conform to OSHA
regulations.  Maybe I've been a supervisor too long, all I see is trouble.
I was never one for unions.  That's why a got out of the plumbing business.
What about those patients whose tissues are sitting in a lab because the
union told them to strike?  Who will process those specimens? What if that
specimen was from your family?  How would you feel that there was no one
there to process the specimen?  I have a hard enough time getting employees
without a union.  What will it be like with a union? 
The Histology lab is already governed by so many government agencies now,
having more rules and regulations will just make matters worse.  I'm done
now, time to get off my soap box.

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas 

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Shaw []
> Sent:	Monday, May 03, 1999 10:41 AM
> To:
> Subject:	Unions for Histology
> Fellow Histonetters;
> I wonder if the day will ever arrive when Histotechnologists and other lab
> personnel will ever form a union.  Many years ago, it was attempted, but 
> defeated due to fear that Pathologists would fire employees that tried to 
> unionize.  This is the one of the main reasons that salaries for members
> of 
> our profession remain so low when compared to other medical professions.  
> Nurses unionized many years ago, and now their salaries seem unobtainable
> to 
> us lowly lab employees.  Seems to me that we provide just as important a 
> function, if not more so, to patients as they.  I ask this question, just
> to 
> bring about discussion from my fellow "netters".  Let's here your
> thoughts!
> John
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