Professionals Want a Union and a Raise, Says New Survey

DPE survey results paint a very positive picture for labor as it seeks to reverse decades of declining numbers

The results of a Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) recent survey of non-union professionals designed to evaluate their attitudes about having a union at work and to determine the reasons professionals would want to be represented by a union are very encouraging.

Among all professionals surveyed, 56% would support a proposal to have a union in their workplace to represent them and their professional colleagues. Sixty-four percent of young professionals, aged 21 to 34, indicated support for having a union. Among professionals of color, 71% would support a union. Women supported a union with a 62% majority. Professionals making less than $100,000 per year showed strong support for being represented by a union. The highest level of support came from professionals who earn less than $50,000 per year with 66% supporting union representation.

Despite widespread political and corporate resistance to unions, sentiments towards collective bargaining and the labor movement give us reason to be optimistic and proactive in our organizing efforts.

The DPE survey results paint a very positive picture for labor as it seeks to reverse decades of declining numbers. Despite widespread political and corporate resistance to unions, sentiments towards collective bargaining and the labor movement give us reason to be optimistic and proactive in our organizing efforts.