Maybe the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) isn’t as big a threat as we thought. Turns out the number of Americans who approve of unions has dropped to an all-time low.
Just 48% of participants in a recent Gallup Poll expressed approval of labor unions. That’s down from 59% in last year’s survey, and the lowest level of public support since Gallup first asked the question in 1937.
To put the numbers in perspective: In that first poll — held right after the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, which gave most private-sector workers the right to join a labor union — the approval rate was 72%. That benchmark was bested in 1957, when the number rose to 75%.
The previous low? A 55% approval rate in both 1979 and 1981.
Hopeful sign for employers?
The poll results couldn’t come at better time for employers feeling threatened by the prospect of EFCA’s passage — whatever form that might take. Even if the pro-union legislation makes it into law, it seems there’s a dwindling number of Americans who feel the labor unions are playing a positive role in the national economy.
For a look at the full poll results, go here.