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Title: Public sector unions and the privatization of municipal services
Author(s): Chandler, Timothy David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Feuille, P.
Department / Program: Labor and Employment Relations
Discipline: Labor and Employment Relations
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Economics Political Science Industrial and Labor Relations Labor Public Administration Sociology
Abstract: The transfer of government services to the private sector, or privatization as it is generally called, has received considerable attention in recent years. However, few attempts have been made to investigate the issue from a labor relations perspective. This dissertation attempts to alleviate this oversight by examining (1) the role of public sector unions in municipal decisions to contract out sanitation collection, and (2) the impact of sanitation contracting on sanitation workers' wages. Results indicate that the impact of public sanitation unions on sanitation contracting decisions depends upon their relations with city management. Sanitation contracting is less likely to occur if there is a public sanitation union present in the municipality which has cooperative relations with city management and more likely to occur if there is a public sanitation union present which has confrontational relations with city management. Further, results indicate that the higher the probability of a municipality considering contracting out, the less effective the sanitation union is at increasing sanitation workers' wages.
Issue Date: 1991
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1991 Chandler, Timothy David
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9136565
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9136565

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