Does the Impact of Union Experience on Job Satisfaction Differ by Gender?

Posted: 12 Jun 2012

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Benjamin Artz

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business

Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

The author investigates gender differences in the impact of accumulated union experience on job satisfaction. Because there are fewer women than men in both public and private sector unions, and women are disproportionately underrepresented in union leadership, their collective bargaining power is not equivalent to that of men. As a result, women’s preferences for job characteristics and benefits may be overlooked, contributing to reduced job satisfaction as their tenure in the union increases. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) panel data from 1979–2004, the author demonstrates that the accumulation of union experience negatively affects women’s job satisfaction more severely than it does men’s. This is particularly the case in private sector unions, in which women are more likely to be under-represented in both union membership and leadership positions.

Keywords: Unions, Job Satisfaction, Gender

JEL Classification: J51, J16

Suggested Citation

Artz, Benjamin, Does the Impact of Union Experience on Job Satisfaction Differ by Gender? (April 1, 2012). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083086

Benjamin Artz (Contact Author)

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

United States

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