A LaborLab/Centiment poll conducted between April 7 - 10 2021 found that 65% of workers under the age of forty are unfamiliar with their right to unionize.
The poll had a margin of error of ± 5% and it's findings are pretty disturbing. While 65% of millennial and Gen Z employees lack a clear understanding of their right to form a union, only 10% said they were "very familiar" with their rights. Interestingly, this trend was reflected across demographics regardless of age, gender, race, education, and income.
While the right to form a union is protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal law, and international law, union-busting special interests have spent millions of dollars trying to dissuade hardworking Americans from starting unions by making the process appear overly intimidating, confusing, and bureaucratic.
The fact that such a huge number of young workers don't know about their right to form a union isn't shocking. Who can remember learning about their labor rights in school or anywhere else in any significant way?
The good news is that, like the rest of the population, millennial and Gen Z want to have a union in their workplace, they just don't know they have the right to start a union.
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