Job satisfaction, attitudes toward unions, and voting in a union representation election

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Abstract

Investigated the effect of economic and noneconomic job satisfactions, attitude toward unions in general, and attitude toward the local on pro-union voting in a representation election. 59 production workers were used, along with carefully developed and validated measures of the variables (e.g., the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire). The correlations obtained indicate that pro-union voting is more strongly associated with dissatisfaction with economic satisfaction facets (security, pay, working conditions, and company policy) than with noneconomic facets (independence, variety, creativity, and achievement). Pro-union voting was also found to be strongly related to (positive) affective attitude toward the local and toward unions in general. A strong negative relationship between total satisfaction and pro-union voting was also obtained. Similarities with previous studies are briefly discussed as well as implications for practice. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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