Workers’ relationships to their union: The effects of transfer status and race at a U.S. automobile plant

Phillips, Brian; Curtiss, Phyllis; Lundskow, George
June 2010
Social Science Journal;Jun2010, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p392
Academic Journal
Abstract: This study addresses the impact that transferring from one plant to another has on workers in terms of their levels of commitment, involvement and satisfaction with their union. Findings indicate that race is a determinate factor. Minorities that did transfer report being less committed workers and less involved with their union than minorities already working at the plant. Also, in terms of union commitment, involvement, and satisfaction although the age of the worker is not a significant factor, females are significantly more involved with their union than males. Accordingly, rank and file workers whom are elected or appointed union officials are more satisfied and involved with their union then those workers not in official union positions. In June of 2007, the survey was developed by the authors, and endorsed and administered by a major industrial union. The total population of the plant under review is 1640 workers.


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