Empire Vision Doctors Reject Union Representation

Mar 21, 2011, 13:14 ET from Empire Vision

SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conducted an election for 128 optometrists employed by Empire Vision in New York and Pennsylvania. The election was conducted via secret ballot mailed to the doctors' homes, and asked the question: "Do you want to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the IUE-CWA, Local 81408?"

The ballots were opened and counted today, and the NLRB confirmed that Empire Vision's employed optometrists have voted "No," and as a result will not have union representation or be subject to collective bargaining.

Empire Vision employs many tenured, highly talented optometrists with 10, 15 or 20 years of service. The optometrists have never been unionized.

Empire Vision's successful business model ensures its optometrists have independence and patient-care focus. A top concern of the company has always been the care and treatment of patients, and it believes employed doctors must have the flexibility to manage their time to meet those patient needs.  

Empire Vision's corporate philosophy and the work environment it provides to its employed optometrists contribute directly to the solid work ethic each doctor brings to the table, and to the overall positive bottom line an organization like Empire Vision has enjoyed for many years in the optical industry.

The NLRB election has no impact on the other Empire Vision retail and laboratory associates who are represented by the IUE/CWA.

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