Form, William H.; Dansereau, H. Kirk
October 1957
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct57, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
The meaning of membership in trade unions has been a problem of persistent and basic interest to students of the labor movement. With the passing of the struggle for legal and institutional sanction, however, the focus of this interest has shifted from determining why workers join a union to the relationship between member participation in its governing processes and the vitality of the organization. The basic theme of this article is that the degrees of participation in union affairs express differences in members' social class orientations which, in turn, are partly the function of community backgrounds and occupational career patterns. The authors' hypotheses about these relationships were tested among the membership of a local industrial union in Lansing, Michigan.


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