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Title:Teacher Unionism: An Assessment of Teachers' Motives for Joining Unions
Author(s):Ota, Haruo
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:This dissertation attempts to enter the thicket of the motivational structure of individual teachers who join unions as a necessary step toward a better understanding of the problems facing American teacher unionism today. The purpose of this study is as follows: (1) to theoretically identify teachers' motives for joining unions; (2) to empirically identify teachers' motives for joining unions; (3) to investigate the relative importance of the empirically identified motives; (4) to assess the relative importance of the functions of teacher organizations (professional, economic, political) in terms of their influence on teachers' joining unions; and (5) to assess whether or not motives for joining unions differ between teachers with different union affiliations.
Survey instruments were designed and distributed to local union members of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in central Illinois school districts.
The findings in this study are based on usable completed questionnaires returned from 193 union teachers. The 193 returns represent about 38 percent of the 510 questionnaires distributed.
The major findings can be summarized as follows: (1) Teachers surveyed put their highest priority upon job security or protection through union membership. (2) There is a significant difference between the NEA and the AFT teachers in terms of what they are seeking in union membership: the NEA teachers are concerned with both formal and informal types of job security such as "higher salary" and the "union's good legal protection," while the AFT teachers are concerned with informal types of job security through the union's direct economic services such as the "credit union" and "discount product services." (3) There are not any differences between the NEA and the AFT teachers in the variables "political motives" and "professional motives," two aspects of union activities in which each teacher union has claimed its superiority to the other and has emphasized its differences.
Issue Date:1985
Type:Text
Description:154 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/69026
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8600279
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985


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