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Union Decline, Alternative Forms of Representation, and Workplace Authority Relations in the United States


John Godard


University of Manitoba - Department of Business Administration

Carola Frege


London School of Economics and Political Science

November 10, 2010


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This paper draws on a telephone survey of 1000 workers to explore whether alternative, nonunion forms of representation appear to be filling the gap left by union decline, whether this matters to authority relations at work, and whether it may, indeed, help to explain union decline. It finds that non-union associations do not appear to be filling this gap, but that management established, non-union representation systems are twice as widespread as is union representation and are evaluated as favourably by workers. It also finds that unions appear to have positive implications for authority relations at work, as reflected in worker perceptions of security, fairness, and justice. Non-union representation systems do not in-and-of themselves appear to do so, but they tend to be part of a bundle of practices that, in combination, does. Finally, although the results suggest that these systems are often in violation of section 8(a)(2) of the Wagner Act, they bear no association with worker propensity to vote for a union.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Labor Law, Labour Unions, Workplace Representation, Company Unions

JEL Classification: J50, J51, J53

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Date posted: December 23, 2010  

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Godard, John and Frege, Carola, Union Decline, Alternative Forms of Representation, and Workplace Authority Relations in the United States (November 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1729768 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1729768

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John Godard (Contact Author)
University of Manitoba - Department of Business Administration ( email )
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V4
Canada
204-474-8433 (Phone)
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Carola Frege
London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )
United Kingdom
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