Numerous studies exist on distributive and procedural justice among union represented or nonunion employees. However, there does not appear to be any research on the perceptions of justice from individuals who have worked in both capacities, under differing processes and procedures for each group, within the same heavily unionized organization. Therefore, the purpose of this generic qualitative study was to understand the perceptions of justice and fair treatment of such employees after having worked in both roles, and the participants in this study were drawn from a group of Midwestern technical college employees who fit into that category. Since the basis of the current study was on subjective opinions or perceptions and personal experiences, the use of a generic qualitative method was the most suitable methodological approach (Percy & Kostere, 2006). The study contributes to the field of I/O psychology because it looks at higher level employees' perceptions of justice in an educational setting instead of a corporate environment or from an occupational trades point of view. The results indicated that there were negative perceptions of distributive and procedural justice regardless of the individuals' current status (union or nonunion). Perceptions of unfairness were particularly strong in areas related to workloads, promotions, policies and procedures, salary and morale.
|Subjects||Higher education administration; Management; Occupational psychology|
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