The Impact of New Unionization on Wages and Working Conditions

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Title: The Impact of New Unionization on Wages and Working Conditions
Author: Freeman, Richard Barry; Kleiner, Morris M.

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Citation: Freeman, Richard Barry, and Morris M. Kleiner. 1990. The impact of new unionization on wages and working conditions. Journal of Labor Economics 8(1) Part 2: S8-S25.
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Abstract: This study investigates the impact of union organization on the wages and labor practices of establishments newly organized in the 1980s. It uses a research design in which establishments are "paired" with their closest nonunion competitor. It finds that, unionism had only a modest effect on wages in the newly organized plants, which contrasts sharply with the huge union wage impact found in cross-section comparisons of union and nonunion individuals,but unionism substantially alters several personnel practices, creating grievance systems, greater seniority protection, and job bidding and posting. That newly organized establishments adopt union working conditions but grant only modest wage increases suggests that "collective voice" rather than monopoly wage gains is the key to understanding new unionism.
Published Version: doi:10.1086/298243
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