Attitudinal and behavioral variables related to participation in union activities

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Several researchers have addressed the question of what distinguishes an active union member from an inactive one. However, few of the studies have incorporated a broad range of factors related to participation in union activities. The methodological sophistication of these studies has generally been low. An effort was made to correct these problems by investigating a broad range of 25 predictor variables as they relate to union participation and using a cross-validation design. Five hundred union members received a questionnaire. The sample was large and geographically representative. Variables in the categories of community-political activities, philosophy of unionism, and sociopolitical liberalism stood out as important predictors of union participation. Active union members are likely to be active in community and political behaviors and to believe strongly in the union. They are strong believers in the ''grass roots'' democracy of unions and are satisfied with their jobs.