Methodological Challenges in Union Commitment Studies
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Bayazit, Mahmut; Hammer, Tove; Wazeter, David L.
Excerpt] Methodological problems in studies of union commitment were identified and illustrated with data from 4,641 members and 479 stewards in 297 local teachers’ unions. Using a 20-item union commitment scale, results confirmed the existence of 3 substantive factors and 1 method factor at the individual level of analysis: loyalty to the union, responsibility to the union, willingness to work for the union, and a factor of negatively worded items. Tests of measurement invariance showed that the scale captured commitment for rank-and-file members but not for union stewards. The authors also found partial measurement invariance between long-time and newer members and full measurement invariance between men and women. Finally, the authors found that violation of the statistical assumption of independence reduced model fit when individual commitment scores were analyzed without attention to the hierarchical nature of the data.
unions; membership; teachers; organizing; participation
Required Publisher Statement: Reprinted with permission of American Psychological Association. Final version published as Bayazit, M., Hammer, T. H. & Wazeter, D. L. (2004). Methodological challenges in union commitment studies. Journal of Applied Psychology, 89(4), 738-747.