The Majority of Non-Union Professionals Support Unionization

Even as the overall rate of union membership decreases each year, the same cannot be said for actual support of unions even among those who don’t wear a blue collar.

A recent national survey sponsored by the AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees (DPE) found that the majority of non-union professionals support the idea of union representation in their workplaces.

The survey was conducted in October 2016, and poll takers interviewed 1,004 professional employees who are not currently represented by a labor union.  Over half of these workers said that they would support a union in their workplace and that union representation would improve their salaries as well as their health and retirement benefits.

Well, hot damn! Workers want to be treated with dignity? You don’t say!

“Most professionals want and deserve a raise,” DPE President Paul Almeida stated regarding the survey’s findings. “Professionals realize that by coming together in union they can earn better pay, benefits, and working conditions.”

Even among those 441 workers surveyed who did not voice support for a union in their workplace, the dissent was not strong, and the majority of them admitted to not knowing much about unions and the benefits they provide. This opens up opportunity for labor activists to bring these folks over into the light as blue collar jobs become scarce and as industries such as technology and healthcare rise up with an educated work force.

“By providing more information about the advantages of a collective voice and demonstrating success through improving wages and benefits, union organizers can overcome many of the concerns disapprovers have about unions,” Almeida said.

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An Invitation to Sunny Miami. What Could Be Bad?

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

If a billionaire “invites” you somewhere, you’d better go. Or be prepared to suffer the consequences. This past May, hedge fund kingpin Carl Icahn announced in a letter to his New York-based staff of about 50 that he would be moving his business operations to Florida. But the 83-year-old Icahn assured his staffers they had no reason to worry: “My employees have always been very important to the company, so I’d like to invite you all to join me in Miami.” Those who go south, his letter added, would get a $50,000 relocation benefit “once you have established your permanent residence in Florida.” Those who stay put, the letter continued, can file for state unemployment benefits, a $450 weekly maximum that “you can receive for a total of 26 weeks.” What about severance from Icahn Enterprises? The New York Post reported last week that the two dozen employees who have chosen not to uproot their families and follow Icahn to Florida “will be let go without any severance” when the billionaire shutters his New York offices this coming March. Bloomberg currently puts Carl Icahn’s net worth at $20.5 billion.

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