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phuloi 03-17-2009 12:16 PM

Poll: 81 Percent of Workers Against Unions
Poll: 81 Percent of Workers Against Unions

Monday, March 16, 2009 2:51 PM

By: David A. Patten

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.

© 2009 Newsmax

SuperScout 03-17-2009 01:38 PM

Irrespective of the facts that most people don't want/trust/like unions, we are about to have a greater union presence shoved up the blow-hole as the Congress tries to pay off its campaign promises to Big Labor. When the secret ballot, a truly American tradition in the US labor history, goes the way of the passenger pigeon, American workers will be forced to vote for unions, and all America will be paying a much higher bill for practically everything they buy.

America deserves better.

Tamaroa 03-17-2009 02:08 PM

As a former Union Member, I can tell you that a closed ballot box doesn't mean much. Almost 30 years ago, I was an operating engineer. The negotiations between the Union management and the building owners was rather acrimonious. We voted. But as we were shuffling down the hall to place our ballots in the "secret" box, Shop steward became abusive and demanded to see our slips of paper to see how we voted. I refused ( i voted no for the strike) and got an earful for quite some time.

We were not happy with the Union leadership and voted them all out a couple of months later. the new crop came in and did a pretty good job until they they got fat dumb and happy and the cycle repeated itself.

reconeil 03-17-2009 02:21 PM

"81% AGAINST UNIONS" is meaningless.

King Obama & Queen Pelosi & Royal Court are FOR UNIONS,...and that's that.
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