Krislov, Joseph
July 1962
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul62, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p510
Academic Journal
Public employment has for a long time remained outside the domain of trade unionism and collective bargaining, though some particular occupations and governmental units are organized. Now there are stirrings toward more general organization of government workers, spurred by the relatively rapid growth of employment in this sector of the economy, more favorable public policies, and the growing interest of public employees in collective representation with management. In many jurisdictions, however, success in exploiting these relatively favorable circumstances for organization and representation may depend on the extent to which the trade unions can displace, or assimilate, existing independent associations of public employees. Many of these have structural characteristics and perform functions similar to those of conventional labor organizations. Despite the long history and substantial membership of many of these independent associations, they have received little attention from students of trade unionism and collective bargaining. This article is an initial effort to describe and analyze the common features and operating characteristics of twenty-five independent public employee associations.


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