Factors Related to Employees’ Desire to Join and Leave Unions

Authors

  • BARRY A. FRIEDMAN,

    1. State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126
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  • STEVEN E. ABRAHAM,

    1. State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126
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  • RANDALL K. THOMAS

    1. Harris Interactive, Rochester, New York 14623
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      Barry A. Friedman and Steven E. Abraham are affiliated with the School of Business, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126; Randall K. Thomas is affiliated with Harris Interactive, Rochester, New York 14623. E-mail: friedman@oswego.edu, abraham@oswego.edu, rthomas@harrisinteractive.com. A working paper that includes a more detailed account of the literature, methodology, and results highlighted in this paper may be obtained from the authors upon request. The authors would like to thank Dr. Paula Voos and three anonymous referees for their insightful comments and suggestions.


Abstract

Regression analyses based on a sample of 3372 nonunionized and unionized employees showed that, while the desire to join a union is associated with a wide range of work attitudes, perceived company performance, and facets of satisfaction, one's desire to leave one's union is associated with a narrow range of economic concerns. Implications of the findings are discussed in light of the declining unionization rate in the United States.

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