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Heterogeneity in Union Status and Employee Well-Being

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  • Haile, Getinet Astatike

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    (University of Nottingham)

  • Bryson, Alex

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    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

  • White, Michael

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    (Policy Studies Institute)

Abstract

This paper examines if workplace and co-worker union status affect employee wellbeing. In contrast to the literature focusing on links between one’s own membership status and wellbeing, we focus principally on non-union employees. We find that being in a union workplace and having union co-workers affect the job satisfaction of non-union employees negatively. No such a link is found with respect to job-related anxiety.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7075.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7075

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Keywords: job-related anxiety; trade union; job satisfaction; linked employer-employee data;

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  1. Haile, Getinet Astatike & Bryson, Alex & White, Michael, 2014. "Spillover Effects of Unionisation on Non-members' Well-being," IZA Discussion Papers 8361, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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