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Title: Accounting for greenfield union organizing outcomes
Authors: Simms, Melanie
First Published: 30-Apr-2014
Citation: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2014, 53, pp. 397–422
Abstract: This paper presents a framework for evaluating and accounting for the outcomes of ‘greenfield’ union organizing campaigns. It argues that previous studies have tended to focus too much on the establishment of collective bargaining and negotiation of first contract as a campaign outcome. Instead, the effectiveness and representativeness of new union structures are emphasized, and the sustainability of those structures is emphasized as the most important outcome. A key finding from the empirical data is that campaigns that build both workplace activism and are co-ordinated by officers create more sustainable outcomes than campaigns that focus on one or the other. The evidence shows how and why these outcomes emerge, and the paper concludes with a consideration of the theoretical and practical implications.
DOI Link: 10.1111/bjir.12072
ISSN: 0007-1080
eISSN: 1467-8543
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Simms, M. (2015), Accounting for Greenfield Union Organizing Outcomes. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53: 397–422. , which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/bjir.12072. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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