On Friday, residents joined organizers and staff from the Committee of Interns and Residents for a press conference asking St. Barnabas to abide by the ruling. They were joined by Assembly members Jose Rivera and Michael Benjamin and Crotona Community Coalition board members Andrea Dozier and John Taylor in the D’auria-Murphy Triangle, across from the hospital.
St. Barnabas declined to comment beyond a short public statement, which reads in part:
anti-union - in fact St. Barnabas Hospital prides itself on being a
union-friendly shop - but instead has to do with fundamental and
philosophical differences over our view of residents as students, not
employees. From our perspective, they are in an educational training
program and so, as students in training, are not covered by the
National Labor Relations Act.