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Union Beliefs and Attitudes of Canadian Workers: An Econometric Analysis

Pradeep Kumar, School of Industrial Relations, Queen's University
Publication date: October, 1991

This paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, held at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario on June 2-4, 1991.

The purpose of this paper is to explore the determinants of union beliefs and attitudes of workers in Canada, and to examine if attitudes towards unions differ systematically by gender, that is, whether men and women differ in their union beliefs and their disposition towards joining a union. Three indicators of union beliefs and attitudes are used in the study: 1) union membership status; 2) general belief that "unions are still needed to protect the interests of working people," and 3) instrumentality perception that "workers benefit from the actions of unions."