The Attitudes of Federally Employed Scientists and Engineers: A Follow-on Study.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this study was to survey the attitudes of scientists and engineers toward federal government employee unions and to compare those findings to a similar study conducted two years previously. A questionnaire consisting of 39 demographic-type questions and 30 questions measuring attitudes was administered to 996 individuals. Sixty-nine percent of the surveys were returned in time to be included in the analysis. Results of the analysis indicated that overall job satisfaction predominates among scientists and engineers. There is general satisfaction with supervision but dissatisfaction with top management. In general, attitudes toward unions and union membership are negative. This negative opinion extends to union practices, powers, and leadership. It appears that the knowledge possessed by the respondents concerning unions does not have a significant impact on their attitudes. The negative conception appears to be rather a product of a considered opinion of the aims and activities of unions and not upon some connotation of the word union.