Effects of increased information on union commitment, participation and perception of union leaders

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dc.contributor.advisor Catano, Victor M. (Victor Michael), 1944-
dc.creator Bissonnette, Angela B.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:44Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.other HD6483 B57 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22251
dc.description 124 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p.99-108).
dc.description.abstract Perceived instrumentality and socialization experiences are strong predictors of union commitment. Unions can demonstrate instrumentality by keeping members informed of important issues and activities taking place in the union. This study examines the effect of increasing information about the union on rank and file members' commitment to, and participation in, the union. The introduction of a newsletter was expected to provide union members with more information about union activities and projects and give members a voice with which to communicate, thereby improving attitudes toward the union and increasing the perceived instrumentality of the union. In addition to the newsletter, shop stewards were instructed to solicit and share information with union members and to invite union members' input with regard to the newsletter. Union leaders, particularly shop stewards, play an important role in union members' socialization. Their individual consideration behaviors and use of charismatic leadership was expected to influence union attitudes and commitment. Results were more modest than expected. It is suggested that the newsletter in combination with an increase in shop stewards' transformational leadership behaviors might have exerted a more powerful effect on members attitudes toward the union local. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD6483
dc.subject.lcsh Labor unions
dc.title Effects of increased information on union commitment, participation and perception of union leaders
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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