Growing number want to join a union …

A growing number of Americans want to join a union

Nation Sep 3, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

Only 10.7 percent of American workers belong to a union today, approximately half as many as in 1983. That’s a level not seen since the 1930s, just before passage of the labor law that was supposed to protect workers’ right to organize.

Yet American workers have not given up on unions. When we conducted a nationally representative survey of the workforce with the National Opinion Research Corporation, we found interest in joining unions to be at a four-decade high.

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By-  Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management; Duanyi Yang, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Erin L. Kelly, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies Professor, Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Will Kimball, Ph.D. Student, MIT Sloan School of Management




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