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In contrast to much of the literature examining the decline of trade unions in the United States, I examine the decline from the perspective of the individual employee. Worker-level data combined with industry-level data for the years 1972 and 1987 are used to investigate the decline. The central findings are that the changing sex and race composition of the labor force and increases in management resistance have had little influence, while gains in educational levels, changing occupations, and reductions in the economies of scale of union organizing have contributed greatly to the decline.
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This page is a summary of: The changing determinants of U.S. Unionism: An analysis using worker-level data, Journal of Labor Research, September 1997, Springer Science + Business Media,
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