RE: Unions for Histology

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From:"Douglas A. Porter" <>
To:"John Shaw" <>
Date:Mon, 3 May 1999 14:58:34 -0400
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Histologic Technicians at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing,
Michigan are "unionized"!
We have been organized for the last three years and enjoy wage ranges that
are consistently above the national average.
While each employer is different, there are laws that protect employees who
determine they would prefer to bargain collectively.

Douglas A. Porter  HT (ASCP)
Chief Steward, Technical Bargaining Group
Local 459, OPEIU

-----Original Message-----
From:	John Shaw []
Sent:	Monday, May 03, 1999 11:41 AM
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!


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