It took nearly three years, but Physicians for Responsible Negotiation (PRN), a union formed by the American Medical Association, has won the right to represent residents at 572-bed Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. Ballots were counted yesterday after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in PRN's favor on an appeal that had languished since the vote took place in December 2000. A spokesman for PRN said the vote was 89 to 49 in favor of unionization. The NLRB ruled that about 50 rotating residents who spent part of their time at other Chicago-area hospitals should not be included in the vote. Officials at the hospital had sought to have the rotating medical students counted in the final tally. Only 13 of the residents and fellows who participated in the vote are still training at the hospital. A Lutheran General spokeswoman said the hospital is evaluating its options. -- by Michael Romano
AMA-backed union at last wins Ill. hospital vote
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