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The effect of company campaigns on certification elections: "Law and Reality" once again


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  • William T. Dickens
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    Recent studies have challenged the conclusion Getman, Goldberg, and Herman reached in their 1976 study that company campaigns have little if any effect on how workers vote in union certification elections. This study attempts to reconcile these conflicting results by re-analyzing data collected by Getman, Goldberg, and Herman for their study. The author estimates a probit model of voting that controls for several variables not considered in other studies. He finds that employer threats and actions taken against union supporters, some written communications, and captive-audience speeches all have statistically significant effects on voting. Election simulations based on the voting model also show that the effects of these employer tactics can be important in determining election outcomes. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 36 (1983)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 560-575

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:36:y:1983:i:4:p:560-575

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    1. Susan Johnson, 1999. "Automatic Certification or Mandatory Representation Votes? How the choice of union recogntion procedure affects union certification success," Department of Economics Working Papers 1999-06, McMaster University.
    2. William T. Dickens & Kevin Lang, 1985. "Testing Dual Labor Market Theory: A Reconsideration of the Evidence," NBER Working Papers 1670, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Whitfield, Keith & Strauss, George, 2008. "Changing Traditions in Industrial Relations Research," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley qt4vg2v09j, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
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    5. Susan Johnson, . "Automatic Certification or Mandatory Representation Votes? How the choice of union recognition procedure affects union certification success," Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers, McMaster University 33, McMaster University.
    6. Henry S. Farber, 1999. "Union Success in Representation Elections: Why Does Unit Size Matter?," NBER Working Papers 7229, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Dickens, William T & Lang, Kevin, 1985. "A Test of Dual Labor Market Theory," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 75(4), pages 792-805, September.
    8. Susan Johnson, 2002. "Card Check or Mandatory Representation Vote? How the Type of Union Recognition Procedure Affects Union Certification Success," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(479), pages 344-361, April.
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