Organization-as-Platform Activism: Theory and Evidence from the National Football League “Take a Knee” Movement

Social activists sometimes engage in a form of workplace activism that involves using their employer organization as an unofficial platform to communicate social issue messages to external stakeholders. This type of activism follows a different logic from that of more-familiar citizen activism, in which citizens directly target society and its institutions, and that of organizational-change [Read More...]

2023-05-16T12:42:31-04:00May 16th, 2023|

The micro-politics of collective bargaining: The case of gender equality.

What are the drivers of collective bargaining to achieve gender equality in companies? Although much research has been done on this question, answers tend to focus exclusively on the institutional perspective and to neglect the social and power relations at work. We address this deficiency in this article by taking a micro-political perspective. We trace [Read More...]

2023-02-20T16:11:07-05:00February 20th, 2023|

Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Unionization in Direct Care Occupations

Objectives. The goal of this study was to measure unionization in thedirect care workforce and the relationship between unionization and earnings,looking closely at differences across race/ethnicity and gender. Methods.Using data from the Current Population Survey from 2010 to 2020, we firstused logit analyses to predict the probability of unionization among directcare workers across race/ethnicity and [Read More...]

2022-11-09T23:59:40-05:00November 9th, 2022|

Owners, external managers and industrial relations in German establishments

Using data from the representative IAB Establishment Panel in Germany and estimating a heteroskedastic probit model with fixed effects, this paper finds a negative relationship between the existence of owner‐management in an establishment and the probabilities of having a works council or a collective bargaining agreement. We show that family firms which are solely managed [Read More...]

2021-06-25T02:26:09-04:00June 25th, 2021|

Men, Women and Unions

The paper examines whether workplace gender dynamics contributed to the decline of unions. To this end, it reviews relevant literature and proposes three hypotheses, which it then tests using alternative empirical analyses and data from Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) and British Social Attitudes Survey (BSAS). The results from employee‐level analysis reveal that, compared with [Read More...]

2021-04-30T12:09:48-04:00April 30th, 2021|

A promise made is a promise kept: Union voice, HRM practices, implicit contracts and workplace performance in times of crisis

Sociological debates on financialisation emphasise that workplace‐based productivity bargains between employers and employees are often precarious. This literature suggests that where employers are unable to keep their side of the bargain, participative arrangements with employees are likely to become unsustainable in generating high workplace performance. Recessions substantially increase the pressures on employers to breach (unwritten [Read More...]

2021-01-28T17:30:09-05:00January 28th, 2021|

The Conservative Upsurge and Labor Policy in the States

During the early- to mid-2010s, there was a dramatic upsurge in conservative legislation restricting labor unions in U.S. states. The sweeping Republican victories at the state level in the 2010 midterm elections certainly enabled this legislative surge, though not all states controlled by conservative governments passed such legislation and there was considerable variation in the [Read More...]

2020-08-19T17:16:10-04:00August 19th, 2020|

Work Hours

Work Hours Activity Description: Purpose: Provide statistical description of patterns and trends in the average work week of US employees. Steps: Click on the document at the end of this entry to view and/or download the PowerPoint slides containing graphs. Show the class the graphs. Encourage students to articulate the trends. Discuss factors that might [Read More...]

2018-10-28T04:39:26-04:00October 3rd, 2018|
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