The State of Public Sector Unionism

Challenges and Opportunities

Marick F. Masters, Robert R. Albright, Raymond F. Gibney, Jr.

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Abstract

The face of unionism in the United States is becoming increasingly public sector. On the surface, public sector unionism appears as a bright spot for labor. A more careful examination of the data, however, reveals that such unionism is at a standstill. Absolute growth has been insufficient to offset losses in private industry, and it is largely tied to increases in public employment. Public employee unions face numerous serious challenges, and questions have been raised in the federal service about the very legitimacy of union representation. Future scenarios suggest that public sector unionism as a whole will likely remain in a more or less stagnant position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-274
Number of pages20
JournalEmployee Responsibilities and Rights Journal
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 31 2010

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In: Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 31.05.2010, p. 255-274.

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