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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:02 PM

why are you not in a labor union...? [View all]

In light of recent news on the decline of labor unions in the U.S., particularly private sector unions that currently organize less than 7% of the U.S. workforce, I'm wondering why the other 93% of the private work force has walked away from collective bargaining and union representation. The data on labor's contribution to middle class prosperity is unequivocal-- not only do union workers do better than their non-union counterparts by just about every measure of work related prosperity, but their communities benefit as well. The disparity between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of us is at historic levels of inequality at precisely the time that union membership is at historic lows.

Why aren't you a union member, and why aren't you trying to become one? This is a poll, obviously, but I'm really hoping for more detailed responses in replies. The poll selections are not necessarily exclusive, of course-- more than one might be true for you-- but if you'd indicate the most appropriate answer for your individual circumstances I'd greatly appreciate it. And do please elaborate further if you can.

I'm torn about whether to include "I want to join a union, but I live in a right-to-work state" because right-to-work laws don't necessarily preclude labor organizing, they just make it harder. What are your thoughts about this?

Edit: I changed "I like to vote" to "I'm retired or self employed and have no need for union representation."

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I don't want to join a labor union or bargain collectively regarding my terms and conditions of work.
3 (5%)
I don't want unions in my workplace/industry/etc.
6 (10%)
I don't want to pay union dues in exchange for representation in my workplace.
0 (0%)
There are no unions organizing my industry or profession (in which case, why aren't you helping to rectify that?).
18 (29%)
I want to join a labor union, but I'm afraid of retaliation from my employer.
0 (0%)
I want to organize my workplace, but I'm afraid of retaliation from my employer.
1 (2%)
I live in a right-to-work state and fear employer retaliation if I join a union.
9 (14%)
I belong to a private sector labor union. Solidarity!
8 (13%)
I belong to a public sector labor union. Solidarity!
6 (10%)
on edit: I'm retired or self employed and have no need for union representation.
12 (19%)
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