MIT: A Growing Number of Americans Want to Join a Union

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Fighting for a $15 an hour wage in Pittsburgh. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Thomas Kochan on August 30, 2018.

“Only 10.7 percent of American workers belong to a union today, approximately half as many as in 1983,” writes Thomas Kochan in The San Francisco Chronicle. “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.

“Four times higher

“The results obtained from nearly 4,000 respondents show that 48 percent – nearly half of nonunionized workers – would join a union if given the opportunity to do so. …

SF Chronicle 8/30

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