Contested milieux: Small firms, unionization, and the provision of protective structures


Journal Article

Three trends in the workplace point to the importance of considering work relations as well as governance structures for the development of protective benefits such as pensions. The increasing concentration of employment growth in smaller firms, the general decline of unionization, and the changing composition of the work force constitute the new exigencies of worker-employer contracts. The 1983 Current Population Survey Pension Supplement is used in conjunction with certification data from the National Labor Relations Board to examine the interaction between firm size and the influence, as opposed to the prevalence, of unionization in the provision of pensions. Unionization is found to be more influential in the provision of pensions for workers in small firms despite the established prevalence of unionization in larger firms. The implications of these trends for labor market theory are discussed. © 1991 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krecker, ML; O'Rand, AM

Published Date

  • March 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 93 - 117

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7861

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-8971

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01112729

Citation Source

  • Scopus