A COMPARISON OF UNION AND NONUNION FIREFIGHTERS' AND OTHER WORKERS' ATTITUDES TOWARD WORK AND UNIONS IN THE SOUTHWEST
JOSEPH E. BENSON
AbstractIn this study, eleven work attitudes, including alienation, perceived influence, satisfaction, and dissatisfaction with supervision were evaluated for 565 firefighters and nofirefighters. Comparisons of the responses were made between firefighters-nonfirefighters, and union-nonunion firefighters. Some of the more significant findings were: firefighters as a group saw their pay as less equitable than did the nonfirefighters; in an evaluation of the effort/reward relationship, firefighters again perceived a lower result between their efforts and their rewards; and on seven of the eleven attitudes evaluated, the differences noted between the union and nonunion members were highly significant. Last, but certainly not least, the union and nonunion firefighters differed drastically in their attitudes about unions in this country.
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