Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 201–213 | Cite as

The Impact of Union Membership on Intent to Leave: Additional Evidence on the Voice Face of Unions

  • Steven E. AbrahamEmail author
  • Barry A. Friedman
  • Randall K. Thomas


The impact of union membership on employees' intent to leave their jobs was examined to testthe effect of unions' “voice” face. Regression analyses showed a significant, negative relationship between union membership and employees' intent to leave. In addition, the data revealed significant interactions between union membership and job satisfaction and between union membership and organizational commitment. Dissatisfied nonunion members are much more likely to intend to leave their jobs than are union members. Similarly, nonunion members with low organizational commitment are much more likely to intend to leave their jobs than are union members. Bothof these results support the conclusion that union membership reduces employees' intention toleave their jobs, and provides evidence that the voice face of unions matter.

Key Words

unions satisfaction commitment intention to leave 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven E. Abraham
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Barry A. Friedman
    • 1
  • Randall K. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business, SUNY-OswegoOswego
  2. 2.Harris InteractiveRochester
  3. 3.School of Business, SUNY-OswegoOswegoNewYork

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