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National union effectiveness in organizing: Measures and influences


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  • Jack Fiorito
  • John T. Delaney
  • Paul Jarley
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    The percentage of the U.S. work force that is unionized is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. Although many studies have sought the reasons for this decline, few have investigated characteristics of unions themselves as possible factors. This paper focuses on unions as organizations, and applies a model of national union effectiveness to union organizing. The authors propose a composite measure of organizing effectiveness that goes beyond union success in representation elections. An analysis of data from the 1990 National Union Survey and other sources, with controls for environmental influences, suggests that organizing effectiveness is enhanced by innovation and reduced by centralization of control at the national level. Some evidence is also found that internal union democracy enhances union success in organizing. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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

    Volume (Year): 48 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 613-635

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:48:y:1995:i:4:p:613-635

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    1. Paul Willman & Alex Bryson, 2006. "Accounting for collective action: resource acquisition and mobilization in British unions," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19772, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Thomas J. Holmes & Michael Walrath, 2007. "Dynamics of Union Organizations: A Look at Gross Flows in the LORS Files," NBER Working Papers 13212, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Donald Hatfield & Kent Murrmann, 1999. "Diversification and win rate in NLRB certification elections," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 539-554, December.
    4. Matthias Benz & Bruno S. Frey, . "Corporate Governance: What can we Learn from Public Governance?," IEW - Working Papers 166, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
    5. Andy Charlwood, 2001. "Influences on trade union organising effectiveness in Great Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20111, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    6. Paul Clark & Lois Gray, 2008. "Administrative Practices in American Unions: A Longitudinal Study," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 29(1), pages 42-55, March.
    7. Paul Willman, 2000. "The viability of trade union organisation: a bargaining unit analysis," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20159, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.


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