Poll: Union members less content with safety, recognition at work

Poll: Union members less content with safety, recognition at work

In the U.S., employed Americans who report being members of labor unions are significantly less likely than nonunion employees to say they are “completely satisfied” with six of 13 job aspects. These include workplace safety, recognition for accomplishments, flexibility of hours and job security. In only one job aspect, employer-provided health insurance, are union workers significantly more likely than nonunion workers to say they are completely satisfied.

These findings are from an aggregate of interviews conducted from 2011 to 2015 as part of Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll. This report compares the 2,586 employed U.S. adults who are not in a labor union with the 393 employed adults who report being in a union.

The largest gap between union members and nonmembers lies in the domain of workplace safety, with 57% of union members expressing complete satisfaction with their job’s safety conditions, compared with 73% of nonmembers.

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