Aren't the AMA and ABA unions?

The American Medical Association and American Bar Association - to which most (all?) doctors and lawyers belong, or which anyway represents those two professions... are these not actually unions?

If so, why aren't they perceived in the same way as "labor unions"?

Aren't they somehow responsible for the relatively high compensation enjoyed by doctors and lawyers in America? And if so, how?

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  • 9 years ago
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    They are professional associations, for people with advanced professional training (postgraduate degree and licensed to practice medicine or law). The biggest distinction, however, is that they are more like management than labor. While some do work for employers, like a doctor who works in a hospital, they do not engage in collective bargaining or other organized labor activities.

  • 9 years ago

    Of sorts.

    They are responsible for bad malptractice doctors and bad lawyers being protected as they move from state to state after losing their licenses so they can sell their "services" to more victims.

  • 9 years ago

    They do not "bargain" directly with employers over salary. They do not go on strike. They bare more like the Florida orange growers co-op.

  • 9 years ago

    They are considered private professionals and not laborers . Their compensation is based on their performance and supply and demand .

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Yes ,but they still set their own wages and hour plus working protection..

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