Politico recently reported that a new poll by the independent Gallup organization shows a majority of Americans favor a new law to make it easier for workers to form unions and to bargain for better lives for their families. That public support may be pivotal to the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would protect workers from coercion, harassment and illegal firing when they try to form unions. It would also give workers the choice on how to form a union instead of leaving that choice to their employers.
Workers also got strong backing from President Obama, a supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act, who said “We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests because we cannot have a strong middle-class without a strong labor movement,” earlier this month.
The poll of 1,024 adults across the country shows 53 percent of respondents support the Employee Free Choice Act, and illustrates positive public attitudes toward unions. The independent survey echoes the fundamental public support for labor found in previous surveys.