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Never say never?: uncovering the never-unionized in the United States

Booth, Jonathan E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8563-4613, Budd, John and Munday, Kristen M. (2010) Never say never?: uncovering the never-unionized in the United States. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 48 (1). pp. 26-52. ISSN 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00765.x


This paper analyses individuals who never hold a unionized job and are never represented by a union ('never-unionized'). Using 21 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 data to track individuals starting at age 15 or 16, we show that by the time workers are 40 or 41 years old, one-third of them are never-unionized, and a convex never-unionization trajectory suggests that most of them will remain never-unionized. An analysis of the demographic and labour market characteristics of the never-unionized further suggests two types of never-unionized workers — those who lack opportunities for obtaining unionized jobs and those who lack the desire to obtain unionized jobs.

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Additional Information: © 2010 John Wiley & Sons/ London School of Economics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 11:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:02

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