Ivan Smith, shareholder in the firm's Labor & Employment section, was quoted in Modern Healthcare article, "Tensions between workers and employers will remain high in 2022."
Unionization will "go through the roof" this year, Smith said. "You have the perfect storm. You have this pandemic. You have work shortages. You have stressed-out workers, and you have the Biden administration, which is a very pro-union administration," he said.
Unions will move into hospitals that aren't unionized and push for negotiations at systems with established unions, Smith said. The strongest hospitals will be those that partner with unions to resolve staffing issues and lobby lawmakers for things like higher reimbursement rates, he said.