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

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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).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-552
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1978
Externally publishedYes


  • job satisfaction & attitudes toward unions generally & locally, pro-union voting in representation election, production workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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