FACULTY SATISFACTION WITH UNIONS: THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL INSTRUMENTALITY AND ACTIVE COMMITMENT
MARY P. VAN SELL
LIZABETH A. BARCLAY
FLOYD G. WILLOUGHBY
KENNETH M. YORK
AbstractThis article reports the results of a survey of unionized faculty at a midsized public university. Participants (n = 137) responded to a questionnaire that examined satisfaction with union services and perceived personal instrumentality, as well as the number of union activities in which the faculty member participated. The results indicated that a relationship existed between satisfaction with union-provided services, active participation in the union, and personal instrumentality. In particular, individuals who felt that they could address work-related problems themselves were more likely to have lower union service satisfaction as well as participate in fewer union activities. Implications for unions are discussed.
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