Getting members on board: Democratic issues in union merger negotiations
2008 (English)In: Employee Relations, ISSN 0142-5455, Vol. 30, no 3, 221-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this paper is to examine a failed union merger attempt from a democratic perspective. Although it is estimated that a majority of planned union mergers are never completed, the existing literature is unsuccessful in explaining why it is so. Stressing the importance for merging unions to keep their members informed and participative in the merger process, we highlight two democratic aspects of merger implementation: information anchoring (i.e. the spreading of merger relevant information throughout the membership), and participatory union climate (i.e. the extent to which union leaders provide members with opportunities to participate in union activities and decision making). The act of voting for or against a merger proposal can be regarded as a manifestation of democratic aspects in the internal negotiation process. Thus, members' intention to vote for or against the merger proposal was also analyzed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 30, no 3, 221-236 p.
Acquisitions and megers, Democracy, Europe, Organizational structures, Trade unions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25053DOI: 10.1108/01425450810866505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25053DiVA: diva2:198803
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76692008-05-152008-05-152012-02-09Bibliographically approved