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Do Workers Still Want Unions? More Than Ever

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Economic Policy Institute

Author(s): Richard Freeman

Topic: Labor (Unions)

Type: Brief


This briefing paper reviews what post-WPRS opinion surveys tell us about what workers want in the form of workplace representation in the 2000s and compares what American workers say about their representation and participation with what workers say about representation and participation in the other advanced English-speaking countries--Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The analysis is based on the 2006 updated version of What Workers Want (Freeman and Rogers 2006) and the forthcoming volume What Workers Say (Peter Boxall, Richard B. Freeman, and Peter Haynes 2007), which compares representation and participation in the six advanced English-speaking countries.