Administrative practices in American unions: A longitudinal study

Paul Clark, Lois S. Gray

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Using data collected from surveys conducted in 1990 and 2000, we examine changes in the administrative practices of US-based national and international unions. We examine the hiring, human resource, financial, strategic planning, and organizational practices and how they have changed over time. We find that unions are changing their staff hiring practices in ways that contribute to workforce professionalization and that unions are moving toward more formal human resource policies and more systematic financial and strategic planning practices. These developments appear to be a reaction to the unions' changing operating environment and reflect the pressure on union leaders to make effective use of their declining resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-55
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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