Between Settlement and Mobilization: Political Logics of Intra-Organizational Union Communication on Social Media

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Since both ‘conflict and co-operation are at the heart of employment relations’, unions need to strike a balance between mobilizing workers against employers and ‘social dialogue’ when communicating with members and the public. Drawing on a case study of unions and grassroots communication on Facebook during sector collective bargaining, this article develops a framework of politico-communicative logics that inform the social media strategies of unions and their grassroots: a logic of mobilization and a logic of settlement. These logics are reflected in how unions and grassroots engage with followers, their choice of words and the topics they address. These theoretical developments on politico-communicative logics on Facebook open up the door for further studies of intra-organizational union communication in an increasingly digitalized world.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)299-317
Publication statusPublished - 2023

    Research areas

  • collective bargaining, communication, mobilization, social media, unions

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