Support for labor unions highest since 1965, poll finds

(The Hill) – Seventy-one percent of Americans indicated support for labor unions in a Gallup poll released Tuesday, the highest percentage since 1965.

The latest measure is a slight uptick from the 68 percent who supported unions when the survey giant polled the question last year.

Gallup has tracked approval of unions for decades, and support has steadily increased since 2009.

Support dropped below 50 percent for the only time in 2009, but since then it has increased to a level not seen in more than half a century.

The boost in support comes as workers at many major companies join the union campaign.

Starbucks store in Buffalo, NY, becoming the company’s first United States location to merge in December, and more than 200 stores have since successfully held a vote to join the union. Starbucks has battled many of those unionization efforts in court.

In April, workers at one of Amazon’s New York City facilities choose to be the first of the e-commerce giant’s US locations to integrate.

Additionally, the first US Chipotle store choose to unionize Last Thursday in Lansing, Mich.

A recent poll found that 6 percent of US adults report that they are members of a union, and 16 percent live in a household where at least one resident is part of a union.

The results remain in line with Gallup’s range of between 14 percent and 21 percent of adults since 2001 who say they live in a household with at least one member of a union.

President Biden has promised to be the most pro-union president in history. He has provided organizing union leaders at major companies and spoke at the AFL-CIO convention in June.

“We’re seeing a resurgence of labor organization and unionization,” Biden said earlier this month. “Where I come from, it’s a good thing, and it’s been around for a long time.”

The Gallup poll was conducted between August 1 and 23 through a random telephone sample of 1,006 US adults. The sample is weighted to match national demographics, and the margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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