Are there health benefits of being unionized in late career? A longitudinal approach using HRS.

TitleAre there health benefits of being unionized in late career? A longitudinal approach using HRS.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsWels, J
JournalAm Journal of Industrial Medicine
ISSN Number1097-0274
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Self-reported health, Unions
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess whether unionization prevents deterioration in self-reported health and depressive symptoms in late career transitions.

METHODS: Data come from the Health and Retirement Study (N = 6475). The change in self-perceived health (SPH) and depressive symptoms (CESD) between wave 11 and wave 12 is explained using an interaction effect between change in professional status from wave 10 to wave 11 and unionization in wave 10.

RESULTS: The odds of being affected by a negative change in CESD when unionized are lower for unionized workers remaining in full-time job (OR:0.73, CI95%:0.58;0.89), unionized full-time workers moving to part-time work (OR:0.66, CI95%:0.46;0.93) and unionized full-time workers moving to part-retirement (OR:0.40, CI95%:0.34;0.47) compared to non-unionized workers. The same conclusion is made for the change in SPH but with odds ratios closer to 1.

CONCLUSION: The reasons for the associations found in this paper need to be explored in further research.

DOI10.1002/ajim.22877
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Alternate JournalAm. J. Ind. Med.
Citation Key9754
PubMed ID29956360