Joint Participation Programs: Self-help or Suicide for Labor?



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    • *Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia, The author wishes to thank Thomas A Kochan for making the data available for the study. An earlier version of this paper was presented to the thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Industrial Relations Research Association, December 28–30, 1986, New Orleans


A model of the effects of worker participation programs on workers' attitudes and behavior toward their union under conditions of union involvement and noninvolvements is developed. It is hypothesized that if the union is a co-sponsor of such programs, the effects will be largely favorable to union predicted. General support is found for the model using survey data from establishments with union-sponsored programs.