Union Commitment and Stakeholder Red Tape: How Union Values Shape Perceptions of Organizational Rules

TitleUnion Commitment and Stakeholder Red Tape: How Union Values Shape Perceptions of Organizational Rules
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDavis, Randall S.
JournalReview of Public Personnel Administration
Volume33
Issue4
Pagination365 - 383
Keywordsemployee attitudes, labor relations, organizational behavior, public sector, union values, unionization, work environment, workers’ rights
Abstract

This study examines whether public sector unionization encourages members to perceive more red tape in the work organization. Using the concepts of union socialization, commitment to union values, and stakeholder red tape, I develop and test a theoretical model that accounts for the direct and indirect effects of union socialization on member perceptions of red tape. The results from a series of structural equation models suggest that more socialized members perceive more red tape and are more likely to commit to union values. However, more committed union members perceive less red tape within the work organization. As such, the increase in perceived red tape because of union socialization is partially mitigated by member commitment to union values. Although interaction between union members may alert employees to negative components of the work environment, commitment to union values encourages members to perceive organizational rules as necessary protections of employee rights.