Unionization and Deprofessionalization: Which Comes First?

Journal of Organizational Behavior, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 101-115, April 1989

31 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2017 Last revised: 4 Mar 2018

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Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Date Written: January 17, 1989

Abstract

This paper constitutes a review of the question whether unionization leads to deprofessionalization or whether deprofessionalization occurs first to be followed by union efforts to restore professional status to a profession under attack from social, political, and economic forces, including the bureaucracy. The evidence mustered from the historical literature appears to support the latter hypothesis, although it is questionable whether a union by itself can return an established profession to its original status prior to deprofessionalization.

Keywords: professionals, unions, labor relations, deprofessionalization, unionization, professional associations, nursing

JEL Classification: M12, M53, M54

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A., Unionization and Deprofessionalization: Which Comes First? (January 17, 1989). Journal of Organizational Behavior, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 101-115, April 1989 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3004038

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/r/raelin-joseph

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