The purpose of using a qualitative study with a narrative inquiry research design was threefold: explore the lived experiences of union members and non-union workers, understand union members and non-union workers perception as to why they choose to join or not to join the union in Mississippi and improve the knowledge of employees in a unionized organization on the effect unionization has on Mississippi’s economy. The qualitative study with a narrative inquiry research design involved a purposeful sampling of twenty employees working in a unionized organization: 10 union members and ten non-union workers voluntarily participated in a one-on-one, face-to-face, audio-tape recorded interview session. Union members and non-union workers shared lived experiences of working in a unionized organization by responding to twenty-four semi-structured, open-ended interview questions. The data was entered in NVivo 10 software for processing and data analysis. The significant emergent themes provided a greater understanding of the participants’ experiences in high school and their stories and experiences at home. Three themes emerged from the qualitative data using NVivo 10 software tool and manual analysis of the transcribed interviews: (a) join or not to join the union (b) impact of leadership, and (c) the economic cost of working in a unionized organization. Union members’ and non-union workers’ stories, perceptions, and lived experiences of this qualitative study with a narrative inquiry research design may assist organizational leadership to a) take a more active role in the recruitment of new union members by developing a marketing strategy to reach non-union workers b) communicate more with union members and non- union workers and c) improving the knowledge of employees, community and public about unions within central Mississippi. Recommendations and suggestions for future research concluded the study.
|Commitee:||Brown-Joseph, Lequisha, Gaylor, Kristena|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Labor relations, Business administration, Management|
|Keywords:||Free rider, Labor relations, Non-union workers, Qualitative research, Union leadership, Union members|
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