Martin, James E.
January 1986
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jan86, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p214
Academic Journal
This article examines willingness to strike among 141 nonprofessional public school employees shortly before expiration of their contracts. A questionnaire asked respondents how many days they would participate in: any strike called by their union, regardless of the issue (or issues); a strike for a low (10%) wage increase; and a strike for a high (24%) wage increase. The results suggest that the individual worker characteristics predictive of willingness to strike vary substantially among different strike goals. For example, it appears that militancy is related to striking for a high wage increase, faithful union participation to striking in support of the union, and neither to striking for a low wage increase, suggesting that, contrary to a common assumption, not all strikes are sustained by "militant" workers.


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