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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:10 AM

28. A study I read about 10-12 years back addresses your issues

 

It found that in UNIONIZED Companies the employees were more willing to criticize another employee for NOT working up to par and bitching about management NOT getting rid of the sub par employee then employees in unionized companies.

The study also found the better workers were the ones that supported the union and unionization. The main reason is under the Union it was the work they did that mattered NOT their relationship with their boss. My Grandfather was was a foreman in J&L Steel in Pittsburgh from WWI till the 1950s and he would have agreed. His comment (as a foreman he could NOT join the union for he was management) was unionization was the best thing the ever occur for J&L Steel, for it provided job security, something his workers had to rely on him and other foreman for in the days before the union (I.e. someone could no longer be fired because his supervisor disliked him).

The Study was quickly buried for it went against what the right wing wanted to hear. i.e. the Study said a company with a Union had better workers then a similar non-unionized company.

One reason for the increase number of better workers in Unionized work places was the greater job security and increase pay (With the greater job Security, in the long term, being a greater factor then the increase pay) . Those two things encouraged better workers to apply and to stay. When companies do hire, they tend to want the best workers they can get, thus they hire the better workers (Remember even in unionized shops new employees, not re-hires or people called off layoffs, often get a 90 day probation period to see how good a worker they are, if the new employee is NOT up to standards he or she can be left go in that 90 day period and being a member of the Union does not matter).

Side-note: When I was in Collage (1977-1981) I read another report that unionization did little to increase actual pay, no more then 10% over what it would have been without the Union. The key advantage was that the union existed and being a bottom up organization was responsive to the needs of the employees, unlike the employer who were all top down organizations. Thus Job Security, working hours, how people were to be laid off if lay offs were necessary were factors the union could make a real difference in, i.e. to make the work place a better place to work. In effective the Union acted like a local municipality, providing local services and trying to make the municipality a good place to live. In the case of the union, the work place a good place to work.

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