A 2021 Gallup poll showed that 68% of Americans approve of unions. That’s the highest number since 1965. In that same poll, 77% of young adults approved of unions, and 72% with incomes under $40,000 indicated their support.
In January, we reported that 2 Starbucks stores in Buffalo, NY, had voted to unionize. That number has increased to 133 in just 6 months. That still isn’t a big percentage of the 9,000 Starbucks locations, but it does represent a lot of growth in a short period. Organizing campaigns are also underway at Apple and Amazon.
The Biden administration has long been committed to championing workers’ rights and is committed to helping unions expand. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is contemplating labor law changes that will make it easier for unions to organize workers. Currently, only about 10.3% of US workers (approximately 14 million) belong to a union.