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Ivan Smith, shareholder in the firm's Labor & Employment section, is quoted in the Modern Healthcare article, "Union actions, outcry reveal tension during pandemic."

But Ivan Smith, a labor and employment attorney at law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, says unions are taking advantage of the pandemic. Healthcare workers are exhausted from working a lot of hours to care for COVID-19 patients, are emotionally stressed and are dealing with nationwide PPE shortages, said Smith, who represents healthcare facilities in labor disputes.

"When that is all going on at the same time, it is ripe for unions to say the employers are not looking out for you. They make the attack," Smith said.