I did not know that Sanford Health forced its doctors to keep their pay secret. Neither did the National Labor Relations Board, which has told Sanford to knock it off:
Sanford Health has agreed to allow its physicians to discuss terms of their contracts with coworkers and others after a federal labor board determined that the health care system was violating the law.
The National Labor Relations Board formally approved a settlement agreement with Sanford Health last week that forces the system to change its employment contracts so that doctors may discuss their compensation in the workplace and elsewhere. The settlement came three months after a physician filed an unfair labor practice charge with the national board against Sanford’s branch in Bismarck, North Dakota [Regina Garcia Cano, “Sanford Health to Allow Physicians to Discuss Their Contract Terms,” AP via that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.06.23].
Sanford and all employers should understand that workers have a right to talk about what they are getting paid for their work. The free market depends on such free speech: if workers can’t find out what the going market rate is for their labor, they can’t ensure that they are being paid fairly or make informed decisions when they negotiate their contracts.
Not letting employees talk about their pay is like not letting farmers talk about how much they make raising corn or beef. Price information makes the free market work.
Now if we can just get Sanford to give customers a clear list of prices for its services.