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Economic Determinants of Faculty Union Membership at Florida State University
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Title: Economic Determinants of Faculty Union Membership at Florida State University
Series Title: Journal of Undergraduate Research
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Welsh, Cecily
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2008
Abstract: This study explores why associate professors, professors, and eminent scholars at Florida State University belonged to the United Faculty of Florida in 2006. It is hypothesized that union members gain some economic benefits in membership. Faculty members within the lowest paid departments, those producing the fewest amounts of publications, those earning the lowest salaries, and those closest to retirement were expected to be more likely to join the union. The 347 faculty members eligible for tenure were examined in the study. A regression analysis of the data was performed with variables describing information about these faculty members. Data on each faculty member’s productivity, represented by each faculty’s salary for 2006, the number of books he or she published, the number of articles that he or she published, and the year that he or she acquired a PhD, were compiled. Each faculty member’s department affiliation was also noted. This data functioned as the independent variables in the four regressions performed. The dependent variable described faculty membership in the union (yes/no). Consistent with the hypothesis, the analyses showed that the most experienced faculty members were the least likely to join the union. Also as predicted, members of higher paid departments and those earning the highest salaries were less likely to join the union. The book and article variables proved to be unrelated to union membership. The study concluded that some levels of productivity, experience, and department affiliation can be common among faculty who joined the union and among faculty who did not join the union.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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