Roomkin, Myron
January 1976
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jan76, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p198
Academic Journal
This study finds support for the hypothesis that centralization of control within a national union reduces the incidence of strikes by that union and its subordinate bodies. Using regression analyses, variation in the strike experience of fifty-seven large national unions in the period 1968–70 is explained by several independent variables, each reflective of the degree of national control. Such factors as the interval between national conventions and the number of members in the national union are found to be negatively related to a union's strike activity. The absence of intermediate bodies (in all but the building trades) and the requirement of national approval of local contracts and strikes also seem to reduce the incidence of strikes. On the other hand, with the important exception of the building trades, decentralized unions operating in local product markets do not seem to be more strike prone.


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