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The Union Avoidance Industry in the United States

25 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2006  

John Logan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Industrial Relations

Abstract

This paper analyses the development of the union avoidance industry in the United States during the past half-century. Focusing on one leading example from each group, it examines the activities of the four main actors that constitute that industry: consultants, law firms, industry psychologists and strike management firms. Although these firms have experienced a fall in business as unions have declined in strength and numbers - a development that the union avoidance industry has contributed to - they continue to play an important role in the US system of industrial relations. Over three-quarters of employers hire consultants when confronted by organizing campaigns, and large union avoidance firms are increasingly seeking export markets for their expertise.

Suggested Citation

Logan, John, The Union Avoidance Industry in the United States. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 651-675, December 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=945223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2006.00518.x

John Logan (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Industrial Relations ( email )

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