IN ITS PROMOTIONAL materials, the Missouri-based consulting firm, Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA), boasts that it's "the nation's recognized leader in assisting hospitals to counter union organizing efforts." In January, Fairview Health Systems joined MSA's 1,000-plus clients after it bought the former University Hospital and Clinic, and with it, a unionized work force. Fairview had refused to recognize the hospital's existing unions, but the workers had simply regrouped. Now, with a new union vote less than a month away, Fairview is relying on MSA to step up its... More >>>