Union Activism, Workers' Satisfaction and Organizational Change

28 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2004

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Lorenzo Cappellari

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Giulio Piccirilli

Università degli Studi di Milano - Istituto di Economia dell'Impresae del Lavoro

Abstract

This paper investigates the reaction of active union members towards workplace organizational changes. We use micro-data from a large firm and estimate an empirical model which deals explicitly with the potential endogeneity of the union activist status. The data indicate that workers who become union activists are more likely to complain than members. Moreover, after proper allowance is made for the endogeneity of union activism, we find this effect to be reinforced. This result suggests that activists are not inherently against organizational changes, as compared to non-activists, though they report higher dissatisfaction in anticipation of the greater loss in union rents that is likely to be associated with the change.

JEL Classification: J28, J33, J51

Suggested Citation

Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio and Piccirilli, Giulio, Union Activism, Workers' Satisfaction and Organizational Change. Labour, Vol. No. 1, No. 18, pp. 1-28, March 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=516711

Lorenzo Cappellari (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Germany

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
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Italy
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+39 027 234 2781 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Giulio Piccirilli

Università degli Studi di Milano - Istituto di Economia dell'Impresae del Lavoro ( email )

largo Gemelli,1
Milan, 20123
Italy

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