Justice and union participation: An extension and test of mobilization theory

Nancy Brown Johnson, Paul Jarley

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Heeding John Kelly's call to reorient the field of industrial relations towards the study of injustice, we employ mobilization, social exchange and organizational justice theories to specify and test a model of union participation. Using individual-level survey data from public-sector union members to test our model, we find that differences in worker perceptions of workplace injustice and union justice explain slightly more variation in members' union participation than more traditional measures of job satisfaction and union instrumentality perceptions. The implications of our analysis for researchers and union practitioners are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-562
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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