• 78 percent of adults "favor legislation that would make it easier for workers to bargain with their employers."
  • Of Democrats surveyed, 87 percent support the Employee Free Choice Act, compared with 36 percent of "conservative" Republicans and 74 percent of "moderate/liberal" Republicans; 73 percent of all adults surveyed support it.
  • Three-quarters of adults favor "allowing employees to have a union once a majority of employees in a workplace sign authorization cards indicating that they want to form a union."
  • Union membership increased approximately 0.1 percent from 2006 to 2007, the most recent statistics available.*
  • Union members account for 12.1 percent of wage and salary employees in 2007, compared to 20.1 percent in 1983, the first year data is available for.*
  • Of workers between 16 and 24, 4.8 percent are union members; 15.7 percent of workers between 45 and 54 are union members and 16.1 percent of workers between 55 and 64 are members.*

Source: Hart Reasearch Associates and AFL-CIO *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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