Information on Strikes and Union Settlements: Patterns of Coverage in a 'Newspaper of Record'

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, April 1996

Posted: 30 Jun 1998

See all articles by Christopher L. Erickson

Christopher L. Erickson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Human Resources & Organizational Behavior (HROB) Area

Daniel J. B. Mitchell

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Luskin School of Public Affairs

Abstract

The authors investigate whether the New York Times' coverage of strikes and non-strike wage settlements in large bargaining units changed during the 1980s, a time when a "transformation" of industrial relations is said to have taken place. Although the total number of New York Times articles on such events declined during the 1980s, the authors find that when occurrence of a strike and strike duration are included in the analysis as controls, the apparent drop in coverage disappears. They speculate that the reduced number of such articles may simply reflect a decreased incidence of strikes. Important variables determining the extent of news coverage were occurrence of a strike, strike duration, number of workers involved, occurrence of federal intervention, key industry status (that is, whether the affected industry was among those industries identified as exceptionally important in the economy), and proximity to New York City.

JEL Classification: J50

Suggested Citation

Erickson, Christopher L. and Mitchell, Daniel J. B., Information on Strikes and Union Settlements: Patterns of Coverage in a 'Newspaper of Record'. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, April 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008

Christopher L. Erickson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Human Resources & Organizational Behavior (HROB) Area ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
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Daniel J. B. Mitchell (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Luskin School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
United States

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