Jack Fiorito, PhD, is the J. Frank Dame Professor of Management at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire (England). Jack's research interests include employee attitudes, unions, and management policies. Current projects focus on union activism, organizing, and renewal. Jack has authored or coauthored over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and coedited two books, including the Sage Handbook of Industrial Relations. He is an Associate Editor for Industrial and Labor Relations Review and serves as the President of the United Faculty of Florida's faculty union at Florida State University.
WHY WE NEED A SURVEY OF UNIONS
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society © 2012 Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 217–232, June 2012
How to Cite
Fiorito, J. and Gall, G. (2012), WHY WE NEED A SURVEY OF UNIONS. WorkingUSA, 15: 217–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-4580.2012.00385.x
Gregor Gall, PhD, is Research Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Hertfordshire. He lives in Edinburgh and was previously a Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Stirling. He researches and writes primarily about unions and industrial relations, with a particular interest in the labor movement and the politics of Scotland. He is the author of The Political Economy of Scotland: Red Scotland? Radical Scotland? (University of Wales Press, 2005), Tommy Sheridan: From Hero to Zero? A Political Biography (Welsh Academic Press, 2012), and a frequent contributor to the Morning Star, and a member of the editorial board of the Scottish Left Review.
- Issue published online: 5 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
Unions represent millions of workers in both Britain and the U.S. despite substantial membership declines over the last thirty years. Union influence and trends contained therein are major concerns to a broad range of social sciences and business-related disciplines, as well as to unions themselves. Data on unions as organizations are, however, woefully inadequate for the purpose of assessing the activities and influence of unions, as well as their status and prospects. In this article, we assess what we know and do not know about unions as organizations, and offer suggestions for what we need to know and how to get from where we are presently to where we would like to be.