ERIC Number: ED313537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Trade Unions and Worker Dislocation: Experiences and Attitudes. A Research Report.
Juravich, Tom; Gall, Gilbert J.
A study asked trade union leaders in Pennsylvania about present and future levels of worker dislocation, how familiar they were with programs for dislocated workers, what factors caused job dislocation, and what factors affected the use of existing programs. Data were collected through a telephone survey of all 1,824 local unions who were affiliates of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Mailed questionnaires were sent to those who could not be reached by phone. The response rate was 58 percent. The following are among the findings reported: (1) over 30 percent of the local unions had experienced some job dislocation in the preceding year; (2) job dislocation was more likely to occur in the private sector, in industrial and trades operations, in concessionary bargaining climates, and in industries with lower educational requirements for employment; (3) layoffs were the most frequent form of job dislocation and no one factor was reported as the dominant reason for dislocations; (4) over 14 percent of respondents said it is likely or extremely likely that they will experience significant dislocation during the next year; (5) unions whose members had been dislocated have tended not to use programs designed to assist dislocated workers, and there is a low level of familiarity with such programs among all local union leaders; (6) respondents cited job search and placement as the first and retraining as the second most important needs of their dislocated members; and (7) respondents strongly agreed that it is important for organized labor to be deeply involved in dealing with worker dislocation. (The document contains a copy of the telephone survey questionnaire.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania