In an historic organizing victory, medical professionals – including medical doctors – at the Lake Superior Community Health Center (LSCHC) in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., have ratified their first contract and are now members of Steelworkers Local 9460.
The 11-member unit at the center, whose members provide comprehensive primary care and dental services for low-income communities, includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and behavioral health therapists.
The victory and contract ratification makes the LSCHC staffers the first such bargaining unit in the Steelworkers, and the first in Minnesota, to include physicians and mid-level health care providers as union members. The American Federation of Teachers have also organized a doctors’ unit at an Oregon hospital, possibly the only other MDs unit in the U.S.
In the end, the Minnesota doctors’ desire to have a seat at the table and a voice in the workplace is no different than that of any other group of workers, said Dr. Emily Onello, one of three medical doctors in the group.More ...