Healthcare Update - August 2011, No. 3

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In This Issue:

Planning For Reorganizations And RIFs By Hagood Tighe (Columbia)

Historically, the healthcare industry has not experienced layoffs of the magnitude seen by manufacturing and other sectors during the recent economic downturn. But with changes in healthcare, including changes in reimbursements, some employers may be faced with difficult choices, including reorganizations and layoffs....

Unions Continue Success In Organizing Healthcare Employees By James D. Kurek (Cleveland)

In recent years, unions have continued to realize greater success in organizing healthcare employees than employees in other industries. Union win rates in the healthcare sector have been at or above 70%, generally about 10% above their win rates in other sectors. Additionally, more elections are taking place in the healthcare industry. The total jumped from 220 elections in 2009 to 305 elections in 2010....

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