Technological Choice and Union‐Management Cooperation

Technological Choice and Union‐Management Cooperation Growth in the number and complexity of “new technology” agreements has led some observers to suggest that companies and unions are entering a new era of bargaining. Key features of the emerging model appear to be formal cooperation around the content and the process, as well as the impacts, of technological change. This paper evaluates these expectations against case study data on technological change in a major unionized firm. Even with a formal commitment to a new approach, intervening factors—intra‐organizational power struggles, resource competition, and technical uncertainties—appear to severely limit union involvement and represent major obstacles to a new era of bargaining over technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Relations Wiley

Technological Choice and Union‐Management Cooperation

Industrial Relations, Volume 30 (2) – Mar 1, 1991

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1991 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0019-8676
eISSN
1468-232X
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-232X.1991.tb00784.x
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Abstract

Growth in the number and complexity of “new technology” agreements has led some observers to suggest that companies and unions are entering a new era of bargaining. Key features of the emerging model appear to be formal cooperation around the content and the process, as well as the impacts, of technological change. This paper evaluates these expectations against case study data on technological change in a major unionized firm. Even with a formal commitment to a new approach, intervening factors—intra‐organizational power struggles, resource competition, and technical uncertainties—appear to severely limit union involvement and represent major obstacles to a new era of bargaining over technology.

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Industrial RelationsWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1991

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