Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Charlotte Knoche

Reader (Advisor 2)

Diane Hinds


This study explores the attitudes of the union worker concerning work-related motivational factors. Motivational theories and the union's presence in the U.S. workforce stimulate insight in understanding how to interpret motivational factors of workers. The results of six motivation surveys administered in 1946, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1992, and 2000 were compared. The comparisons revealed that results varied over time and since 1990, surveys indicate a preference for extrinsic motivators. The overall response for the top motivator was "good wages." The exception was found in two subgroups of the 2000 survey. Education workers cited "interesting work" as their top motivator and State workers selected "good working conditions" as their number one motivator. Union workers overall, mirror the remainder of the U.S. workforce and equates monetary rewards as a top motivator.


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