Significant findings include the following:

  • a slight majority (51 percent) believe their union is doing what is required to stay strong and healthy; 44 percent believe their union is on the decline;

  • a plurality (42 percent) hold about the same view (neither more nor less favorable) of their union as they did when they first became members;

  • a large majority (73 percent) believe the most important responsibility of their union is bargaining for better compensation and workplace conditions;

  • a plurality (42 percent) believe their union’s spending is best described as spending to achieve better compensation and workplace conditions;

  • pluralities believe their union spends the right amount on job benefits and politics (47 percent and 42 percent, respectively); but a third (34 percent) believe their union spends too much on politics.

  • majorities (ranging from 53 percent to 84 percent) prefer a secret-ballot process as the way for workers to decide whether to organize a union in their workplace;

  • a strong majority (66 percent) think it should be illegal for a union and a company to agree in advance to bypass the secret-ballot union election when organizing a workplace;

  • a strong majority of workers (62 percent) believe that a union should have the support of at least two-thirds of workers before all the workers are represented by a union;

  • a strong majority (63 percent) believe it is unfair to fire a worker who declines to pay dues to, or support, a union.