Employers such as Kellogg’s NabiscoAnd John DeereIn recent weeks, many have taken to the streets in an effort to negotiate better terms with their employers. New research suggests that the public supports these workers.

The AFL-CIO labor federation commissioned the progressive pollster Data for Progress to take the public’s temperature on the strikes that have made headlines this summer and fall. The online survey of nearly 1,300 likely voters asked if they “approve or disapprove of employees going on strike in support of better wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

74% of respondents strongly supported or somewhat supported the strikes. Only 20% disapproved or slightly disapproved. Six percent of respondents did not express an opinion. (See the full results(.)

The strongest support for strikers came from Democrats (87%), who approved of walkouts. However, support for strikers was strong among Republicans and independents, who received 72% approval and 60%, respectively.

Although respondents over 45 expressed more support, those under 45 had stronger opinions. Black respondents overwhelmingly supported strikes with 85% approval as compared to 72% for white respondents.

Ethan Winter, senior analyst at Data for Progress, said the survey results on strikes seemed to dovetail with Gallup’s polling on union favorability, which this year hit its highest level since 1965. He stated that striking workers are supported by people who support unions and collective bargaining because they feel a connection with them.

“I think across many dimensions the pandemic has really put workers’ rights at the forefront of public consciousness,” Winter told HuffPost. “The fact that we now see a bipartisan majority of voters who are backing workers agitating for better pay, benefits and working conditions, I think it’s reflective of the sea change the coronavirus pandemic has brought about.”

John Deere workers at Iowa’s picket-line.
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The recent strikes and strike threats have given rise to the hashtag #Striketober, as a growing number of workers, buoyed by a tighter-than-expected labor market, use their leverage to try to improve wages, benefits and safety. Although each strike has its own particular reasons, many of them share common themes, like workers’ demand for more family time, or the company’s desire to institute “two-tier” work systems, giving new hires lesser pay and benefits.

Sixty thousand workers in television and film industries recently approved a strike authorization with an overwhelming majority. However, their union reached quickly a tentative contract agreement which has removed a Hollywood stoppage from the table. for the time beingThis is. The largest strike in America’s private sector in over 14 years would occur in the movie industry.

Kaiser Permanente has employed more than 30,000 healthcare workers. authorized strikes largely over the employer’s proposal for a two-tier system. While it doesn’t necessarily guarantee workers will leave, approval of a strike authorization gives the union leadership leeway to authorize a strike should they wish.

Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics dataThe number of large-scale work stops of more than 1,000 workers this year is already higher than the 27,000 total workers in the 2020 pandemic, which was one of the lowest levels in recent times.

However, the historical record shows that there are still very few striking workers. Somewhere after World War II between 1 million and 2 million workersIn a normal year, went on strike. It was at a moment when about a third the U.S. workforce were members of unions. about 11%Get it now.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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