*Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. We are gratcful for the support of the National Science Foundation (grants SES-8942498 and SES-82–07854) and helpful comments by Jonathan Leonard, David Levine, and George Strauss.
Unions and Work Attitudes in the United States and Japan
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 159–187, March 1993
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LINCOLN, J. R. and BOOTHE, J. N. (1993), Unions and Work Attitudes in the United States and Japan. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 32: 159–187. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.1993.tb01025.x
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Examining whether Japanese enterprise unions have a negative effect on employee job attitudes or whether they forge a stronger bond between the worker and the firm, our results indicate that union membership has no effect on Japanese employees' job satisfaction, but that there is some negative impact on company commitment. Much of the union effect on U.S. workers' job attitudes stems from lower job complexity, work autonomy, perceived promotion chances, and quality circle membership.