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Bargaining Laws as a Cause and Consequence of the Growth of Teacher Unionism

Gregory M. Saltzman
ILR Review
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Apr., 1985), pp. 335-351
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/2523762
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2523762
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This study analyzes state-level data for 1959-78 to determine whether the rapid growth of teacher unionism during those years was primarily a result or a cause of the public sector bargaining laws adopted during the same period. The author finds, contrary to the view of some scholars, that the enactment of laws requiring public sector employers to bargain with majority representatives of their employees was the single most important cause of the growth in the proportion of teachers covered by union contracts. Although the growth in teacher unionism in turn encouraged the adoption of some new or stronger bargaining laws, this effect was relatively weak. More important predictors of new bargaining laws included the extent of political patronage in a state and the bargaining laws adopted by neighboring states.

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