Modern Healthcare reporter Joe Carlson, based in Chicago, covers labor relations, staffing and not-for-profit hospitals for the magazine. What developments are likely to make news on those beats in the year ahead?
Organized labor activity increased in 2008, a trend expected to accelerate this year. The single biggest factor that will drive continued growth is the ascendancy of union-friendly Democrats in the federal government, including Barack Obama, who has said he favors passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
The new law would, for the first time, give unions the right to organize workers without holding secret elections.
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