Unions, the Costs of Job Loss, and Vacation

Fumio Ohtake

in Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226620947
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226620954 | DOI:
Unions, the Costs of Job Loss, and Vacation

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This chapter explores the relationship between unionization, on the one hand, and the cost of vacations and other worker absenteeism (or “bad” vacation time) on the other. It argues that unionization is an important factor in worker decisions about how much time off to take. Workers represented by a union will feel greater job security and will therefore take more time off than workers not represented by a union. Because unions reduce the threat of job loss (by making it more difficult for employers to dismiss workers), vacation time is less responsive to such threats in unionized firms than in nonunionized firms.

Keywords: vacation time; employee benefits; employees; job loss; labor unions; unionization; absenteeism; job security

Chapter.  7911 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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