An investigation of the relationship between centralization in collective bargaining and commitment to the union among local union officers

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1983

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Many unions rely on the voluntary efforts of officers and members to achieve the union's goals and objectives. Members may engage in a strike to help the union achieve its collective bargaining goals. Union stewards, in many unions, devote their personal time to assist fellow workers in the filing of grievances. Local union officers may devote their personal time to the administration of the affairs of the local union. Without these voluntary efforts, a local or national union might encounter difficulty in achieving its goals. Failure to achieve its goals might result in a loss of membership in the union in settings in which union membership is voluntary. Such an occurrence might pose a threat to the very existence of the union. If the voluntary efforts of officers and members are important to a union, what produces such efforts? Gordon, Philpot, Burt, Thompson and Spiller (1982) suggest that they are based upon members' loyalty to the union, their belief in the objectives of the union and their willingness to perform voluntary services on behalf of the union. These factors are said to comprise commitment. The authors conclude that commitment is part of the very fabric of unions and is responsible for the voluntary efforts of local union officers and members. [...]

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Collective bargaining, Labor unions--Officials and employees

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