The Committee of Interns and Residents said it will ask the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a 1976 decision that denied interns and residents the right to collective bargaining.
The announcement was triggered by the dismissal of a petition filed by the CIR and its Boston affiliate, the House Officers' Association, to the NLRB's regional director in Boston. The petition sought to certify a house staff union at Boston Medical Center (Oct. 6, p. 99).
According to the CIR, NLRB Regional Director Rosemary Pye ruled earlier this month that she had no authority to overturn 20 years of NLRB policy. The New York-based CIR represents 9,000 resident physicians.