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
Date Written: January 17, 1989
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
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