NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

Unions Losing Strength, Top Managers Agree

September 2, 1997

A new survey by the Technometrica Institute for Policy and Politics found that executives from some of the country's fastest-growing publicly held companies think big labor will continue to decline.

  • More than 45 percent of those surveyed said unions will be weaker over the next five years.
  • More than 40 percent said union strength would be about the same, but not gain.
  • Only 5.9 percent said they thought unions would be stronger.
  • Nearly 17 percent of those surveyed head fully or partly unionized firms.

While 60 percent of the survey respondents said unions play some positive role in the workplace, many others believe that positive impact comes at a price.

  • Nearly 79 percent said union workplaces have lower productivity than non-union ones.
  • Ninety percent said union shops aren't as competitive.
  • Seventy-seven percent said union shops have lower levels of worker loyalty.
  • And only a third said unions did what they were supposedly in business to do: help improve job security.


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