Date of Graduation
Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)
This study established baseline data about union activity among San Francisco's nonprofit social service agencies. It examined associations between agency staff size, annual budget size, reliance upon government funding, and the experience of union activity. It further sought to assess executive directors' opinions about factors motivating employees to organize, as well as their opinions about the viability of unionization in the nonprofit sector. The data demonstrate a strong, positive association between agency staff size, annual budget size, reliance upon government funding, and the experience of union activity. Executive directors of nonprofit social service agencies in this study believe that wages are the most important factor for employees seeking union representation. These managers do not believe that unionization is an appropriate response to employees' grievances and would generally not support organizing drives in their own agencies. While these executive directors view labor organizing as a significant challenge to the nonprofit sector, they tend to believe that nonprofit organizations can ultimately function and thrive with unionized workforces.
Peters, Jeanne Bell, "Government Contracting and the Unionization of San Francisco's Social Service Nonprofits" (2000). Master's Theses. 1145.