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No Surprise Here: Union Bosses are “Out of Touch”


Union bosses talk a big game when it comes to helping their employees. But the American people beg to differ.

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 20 percent of likely U.S. voters believe that labor leaders “do a good job representing union members.” Almost 60 percent claim that most union bosses are “out of touch” with most of their members.

But actual union members couldn’t possibly think that, right? Actually, they do. As Rasmussen notes:

“Most voters—including those who are now or have been union members—believe the majority of union leaders are out of touch with their membership nationwide.”

Among U.S. voters who are now or have been a member of a labor union, only 25 percent believe that “union leaders do a good job representing their membership.” That’s right: Only one in four current or former union employees can say that union bosses are doing a “good job.” Well over half of these voters argue that union bosses are “out of touch,” while half of them agree that unions generally “have too much political influence.”

That’s exactly why the American people—especially union members—need the Employee Rights Act (ERA), legislation which would update American labor law to hold union bosses accountable to employees. Among other pro-employee provisions, the ERA would guarantee secret-ballot union elections and require labor organizers to obtain prior approval before using employees’ dues dollars for political activities. Now supported by 80 percent of Americans and more than 165 members of Congress, the bill’s pro-employee reforms rein in unapproved political spending so that union representatives can actually go back to representing their employees—not wage dues-funded political crusades.

Most Americans are fed up with union bosses. And most Americans say that the ERA would help. The time for change is now.

Categories: Employee Rights Act