Americans across the country are giving labor unions the thumbs up. A new Gallup poll released today found that an overwhelming 61% of Americans support unions. This is the highest level of support since 2003.
People understand that unions bring balance to our economy by putting a needed check on corporate power and greed. There’s no power like the power of coming together as a team in a union with your coworkers for a bigger paycheck, a safer workplace and a better life.
Another Labor Day report unveiled today by the AFL-CIO shows that as the freedom to join a union erodes, working people are working more and taking fewer vacation days. The report found that the majority of American workers credit labor unions for many of the benefits they receive.
America is strongest when workers have the freedom to come together and negotiate for a fair return on our work. Unions lift up our families, make improvements on the job, and win the services our communities need to be safe and to prosper. We use our collective power and voice to advocate for policies that benefit all working people – like increasing wages, affordable health care, and great public schools.
In the AFL-CIO report, 54% of workers said they’d join a union tomorrow if given the option.Respondents also expressed the major concern that weakening unions could hurt workers’ benefits in the future.
While 78% of workers say they have the day off on Labor Day, more than a quarter of those people expect to do some work, and more than half of those working will not receive overtime benefits. More than half of Americans surveyed said they were working more holidays and weekends than ever.
Thanks to a good union contact, union members are more likely to receive Labor Day off and overtime pay compared with their nonunion counterparts. Sixty-six percent of union members receive overtime pay on Labor Day, compared with 38% of nonunion members.
This Labor Day, your Wisconsin AFL-CIO is standing up for the freedom to form strong unions and live a better life. The choice is clear, go union for a better tomorrow!