The Impact of Union Experience on Job Satisfaction

19 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Benjamin Artz

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business

Abstract

The relationship between union status and job satisfaction is commonly estimated without recognizing the heterogeneity of non-union members. Many non-union workers have experienced union jobs in the past while others have not, suggesting past estimations of the impact of unions on job satisfaction may miss a critical distinction. After separating non-union members into those workers with and without union experience, this article shows that job satisfaction increases significantly for first-time union workers, but decreases as workers accumulate experience in the union. Finally, after leaving the union jobs, worker job satisfaction recovers but does so only as the time since unionization grows.

Suggested Citation

Artz, Benjamin, The Impact of Union Experience on Job Satisfaction. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 387-405, July 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00606.x

Benjamin Artz (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business ( email )

United States

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