Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 1981 (Revised June 1993)

Note on Why Employees Join Unions

by Michael Beer


Provides some answers to the question of why employees join unions. Summarizes recent data on workers' perceptions of unions: their power and instrumentality. Also explores the special situation of white collar workers.

Keywords: Labor Unions; Employees; Social Psychology;


Beer, Michael. "Note on Why Employees Join Unions." Harvard Business School Background Note 481-121, January 1981. (Revised June 1993.)