The power of labor to grieve: The impact of the workplace, labor market, and power-dependence on employee grievance filing

Samuel Bacharach, Peter Bamberger

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Abstract

The authors examine a model of employee grievance activity that encompasses both workplace and labor market determinants and attempts to reconcile inconsistent findings in the literature by taking into account the possible moderating effects of labor power. A multi-level analysis of data from 1996-97 on 1,383 blue-collar workers suggests that labor market factors influenced grievance activity much less directly than workplace characteristics did, and that the nature of these influences was more complex than has previously been hypothesized. Specifically, consistent with power-dependence theory, the authors find that the direct effects of at least one labor market factor, the wage premium, were likely to be contingent on labor power, and that the labor market itself may have moderated the effects of certain workplace factors on employee grievance filing in a manner consistent with efficiency wage theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-539
Number of pages22
JournalILR Review
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

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