Factory Unionism in the 1990's: A Comparison of Public and Private Universities

Javed Ashraf

DOI: 10.2190/M4NJ-M5M6-LA49-A85Y


Relatively few studies have examined the wage effect of faculty unionism using microlevel data. The most comprehensive of them used data between 1969 and 1988. The recent availability of the U.S. Department of Education s 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty allows an extension and updating of those results. This study was limited to two-year colleges, and its results indicated that unions increased the salaries of faculty at junior colleges by as much as 8 percent. This study found that the wage benefit attributable to unions is far less at comprehensive and public universities and is in fact negative for most of them.

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