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The development of members' attitudes toward their unions: Sweden and Canada

Kuruvilla, Sarosh, Gallagher, Daniel G. and Wetzel, Kurt (1993) The development of members' attitudes toward their unions: Sweden and Canada. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 46 (3). pp. 499-514. ISSN 0019-7939

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Identification Number: 10.1177/001979399304600304


This study examines two widely researched attitudes of union members—satisfaction with and commitment to their union—using 1987–88 data on 1,675 union members in professional occupations in Sweden and 476 blue- and white-collar union members in Canada. The authors find, first, that union commitment and union satisfaction are theoretically and empirically different constructs. Second, tests of a theoretical model of union attitude formation indicate that different (though overlapping) sets of factors influence union commitment and union satisfaction. One finding is that activities and processes that provide members with greater information about the union, such as new member orientation programs, newsletters sent to members' homes, and participation in union activities, effectively promote union commitment, but not union satisfaction. The results are very similar across the two samples, suggesting that they have cross-cultural generalizability.

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Additional Information: © 1993 by Cornell University
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 14:04
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 23:09

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