Latta, Geoffrey W.
October 1981
ILR Review;Oct81, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
This article presents a study of a number of campaigns conducted since 1968 by unions seeking to organize professional engineers. The author draws on the results of interviews with union and management representatives to describe four major causes of the relative failure of unions on this front: employer opposition, the attitudes and values of engineers, the lack of bargaining power of engineers, and union attitudes and organizing policies. The author discusses the way in which these four factors interact to thwart engineering unionization, focussing on the manner in which strong resistance to unionization by employers can thaw on a value system in the United States that is not supportive of unionization. He concludes that the short-term prospects for further unionization of this occupation are very limited.


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