A. Tarik Timur is at Eastern Mediterranean University. Daphne Taras and Allen Ponak are at the University of Saskatchewan.
‘Shopping for Voice’: Do Pre-Existing Non-Union Representation Plans Matter When Employees Unionize?
Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 214–238, June 2012
How to Cite
Timur, A. T., Taras, D. and Ponak, A. (2012), ‘Shopping for Voice’: Do Pre-Existing Non-Union Representation Plans Matter When Employees Unionize?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 214–238. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00866.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
- Final version accepted on 25 March 2011.
The transition to unionization in three workplaces with pre-existing non-union employee representation plans (NERPs) is contrasted to three matched sites, which had only individual representation. Pre-existing collective voice arrangements had substantial effects on the process and outcomes of unionization. While the individual representation sites presented a conventional process of mobilization and attachment to the union, the NERP sites revealed a more equivocal outcome. The union was used in an instrumental manner to increase NERP power and to achieve worker demands already articulated by the NERP. NERP leaders became union leaders. There remained significant attachment to the NERP and a reluctance to fully embrace unionization.