The Positive Impact of Perceived Union Support on Union Member Work Meaningfulness: Examining Mechanisms and Boundary Conditions

M. Teresa Cardador, Brandon C. Grant, Robert Bruno

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Abstract

Meaningful work has been linked to consequential individual and organizational outcomes, and has, therefore, become an important topic of study. Yet there is a paucity of research examining the effect of unions on members’ work meaningfulness. In a field sample, using a time-lagged survey methodology, we examined the effect of perceived union support on members’ perceptions of work meaningfulness, and tested perceived union fulfillment of workers’ psychological needs as a mediator. Additionally, we examined the conditional effect of union identification on these relationships. We find that supportive unions foster work meaningfulness via psychological need fulfillment, but these relationships are not conditioned on union identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-358
Number of pages26
JournalLabor Studies Journal
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • meaningful work
  • perceived union support
  • psychological need fulfillment
  • union instrumentality
  • union supportiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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