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Poll: 81 Percent of Workers Against Unions

Monday, 16 Mar 2009 02:51 PM

By David A. Patten

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Contrary to union leaders’ expectations, the vast majority of workers have no interest in joining a union.

A Rasmussen Reports survey finds 81 percent of non-union workers do not want union representation. That compares to just 9 percent of workers who say they do want to join a union.

Even among workers whose employers are laying off employees, interest in joining a union is low: Only 9 percent want to be members of a union.

The results were based on surveys of 1,000 adults conducted March 13-14. The Rasmussen findings come as proponents of Big Labor prepare to introduce “card check” legislation that would publicly reveal any votes by employees on whether they wish to be represented by a union.

Taking away workers’ rights to cast their ballots privately, opponents warn, would lead to harassment and intimidation of those who don’t care to join a union.

Even employees of firms laying off workers show little interest in union membership: Fewer than 10 percent say want to become union members.

Interest in unionization varies based on income level, however. Rasmussen found that among non-union employees earning less than $40,000 per year, some 16 percent would like to join a union.

The findings strongly contradict Big Labor’s expectations. Rasmussen found that 47 percent of union members assume that non-union employees do want to join a union.

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