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The union impact on hospital wages and fringe benefits

  • Roger Feldman
  • Richard Scheffler
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    This paper uses 1977 data from a national probability sample of 1,200 hospitals to estimate the effect of unions on wages and fringe benefits in four occupations: registered nurses, practical nurses, secretaries, and housekeepers. The results show that unionization has a significant impact on wages that increases with the length of time collective bargaining has been in effect at the individual hospital. The overall wage effect of unions is about 8% for both types of nurses and 11 to 12% for secretaries and housekeepers employed in hospitals. The authors also estimate an equation for hospitalwide fringe benefits, which shows that such benefits are positively related to the percent of full-time employees in the four occupations covered by union contracts. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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

    Volume (Year): 35 (1982)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 196-206

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:35:y:1982:i:2:p:196-206
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