WAG, though I’d love to see a study test my hypothesis:
Sort it by state like the electoral college, then count. I expect you’ll find a majority, not a plurality, of adults in a majority, not a plurality, of states see unions as the enemy. And the numbers are most likely worse if you restrict it to working-age persons. And because most economic sectors aren’t unionized in most of the country, this is actually* rational.* Unions aren’t raising their incomes, just their costs.
Unions have fallen down on the job. They have failed the American worker, & the American worker has no faith in them. Even in states with a strong union subculture, union workers are a minority; does that sound like a pro-union country?
I believe in organized labor. It’s done more to raise general quality of life than any institution in history. And I believe it’s about to die for real in this country & possibly not come back for centuries. Because instead of being invested in the economic well-being of the general populace, the unions would rather seek favors for their own “deserving” crafts. Craft unionism lacks credibility; if you’re just out for yourself & your own kind, you’re just another selfish interest group & people can see that.
This is a realization I came to while reflecting on this situation. The unions have lost elections because people** are actually voting against them.** The unions don’t see it yet, they think it’s a mistake. It’s not. Why would the general populace be for your privilege? Because you have a master’s degree? :rolleyes:
Unions are so dead in this country. Once the path of craft union & capitalism was chosen over revolution & socialism, the furrow was prepared. When they got fat & content, & stopped trying to organize non-organized industries, the seeds of their destruction were sown. The corn has grown high, it’s going to be picked, it’s the end of collective bargaining on the cob.