In two Studies, we explore the role of perceived organizational support in the determination of union representatives among employees. We show that the more employees perceive that their organization care about their well-being, the more they are willing to choose union representatives that are close or share some resemblance with the top management. Study 1 establish the effect and delineate one boundary condition. Study 2 explores the underlying mechanisms responsible for this effect. The discussion centers on the advantages and disadvantages of having pro-management union representatives in labor negotiations.
Demoulin, Stephanie, Teixiera, Catia, Gillis, Celine and Stinglhamber, Florence, The More You Support Me, the Closer I Get: The Impact of Perceived Organizational
Support on the Selection of Deviant Representatives for Labor Negotiations (June 15, 2012). Intl. Association for Conflict Management, IACM 25th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2084825 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2084825