Wider Dimensions of Unions' Presence

Tito Boeri, Agar Brugiavini, Lars Calmfors, Alison Booth, Michael Burda, Daniele Checchi, Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Richard Freeman, Pietro Garibaldi, Bertil Holmlund, Robin Naylor, Martin Schludi, Thierry Verdier and Jelle Visser

in The Role of Unions in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246588
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596001 | DOI:
 Wider Dimensions of Unions' Presence

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An analysis of union presence focusing only on union membership can be misleading, particularly so for European countries. Ch. 4 examines wider issues of union presence, including forms of bargaining (centralization and coordination of bargaining) and issues of coverage of collective agreements. Two key questions are addressed. First, what do unions do besides bargain over wages? Second, how do unions make their presence felt beyond mere density statistics (‘excess coverage’)?

Keywords: collective agreements; coverage; excess coverage; forms of bargaining; union presence

Chapter.  10537 words. 

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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