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Comparing youth and adult desire for unionization in Canada

Gomez, Rafael, Gunderson, Morley and Meltz, Noah (2002) Comparing youth and adult desire for unionization in Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 40 (3). 521 - 542. ISSN 0007-1080

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Survey data for Canada indicates that youths have a stronger preference than adults for unionization. We show that most of that difference reflects the stronger desire of youths to have unions deal with workplace issues rather than a greater exposure of youths to these issues. In particular, youth preferences for unionization are influenced to a greater degree than for adults by social capital (e.g, familial union status and peer–group attitudes). The possible role of progressive HRM practices and legislative protection in substituting for unionization is also highlighted. Finally, implications of the findings for the future of unionization and organizing youth are discussed.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2002 Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008 11:10
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:37

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