Why is there no Union for Audiologists?

gandalf at aud.org gandalf at aud.org
Sat Aug 16 22:10:51 EST 1997


>The profession of Audiology seeks to improve through implimentation of
>another coslty degree, the Au.D, when many graduates are unable to
>earn a living wage with an M.S., for YEARS. Additional education is
>important, but expensive. The lack of political discussion, and
>willingness to unify, contribute to the broader issues that affect us
>all, particularly reimbursement issues.
>Audiologists are fortunate to find (often rare) positions in
>Universities and hospitals, beause there are often decent wages, and
>protections from exploitation, but private practice Audiologists are
>much more vulnerable.
>I've been in the field for a relatively short time, but I say from
>experience, that abuses of audiologists by MDs and other audiologists,
>are frequent.
>Any thoughts? No flames, thanks.

>Kate

I haven't seen it in over 25 years in the field. I'm in a small city, and 
maybe in larger places these things happen, but I hope they are rare. I don't 
know if paying a CFY by the hour is a very good system. Don't people get 
contracts anymore? It used to be that you signed up for a year with a definite 
income negotiated. I left ASLHA because of what I perceived to be an upcoming 
unionization scheme. I guess the socialists have taken it over by now. That 
may explain the per hour pay scales.

Too bad. We used to be considered equals by Doc (some of us still are), but, 
thanks to ASHLA we are just another complaining group of whiners looking for a 
free and easy meal ticket.

Mike




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