Roughly 4 out of every 5 Utah adults support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty, a concept generally referred to as right to work. That’s the finding of a new poll, released today by Sutherland Institute as part of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW). NEFW is a grassroots campaign of 81 organizations in 45 states dedicated to helping union employees learn about their right to leave their unions. This poll headlines the activities of NEFW, which runs from August 10 to 16.
The poll was conducted by Google Consumer Surveys between July 11 and July 31, 2014, and has a margin of error of 3.76 percent. The poll surveyed 500 adult Utah residents with the following question: “Should employees have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union?”
The coalition also released a poll showing 82.9 percent of Americans nationwide support the right-to-work principle. Currently 24 states have passed right-to-work laws which allow workers to leave their union with penalty or having to pay dues to an organization they choose not to belong to. To find out more about Utah’s specific right-to-work policies, you can read the “Utah Right To Work Law.”
Unions often do as little as is required by law to inform their employees that they have the right to opt out. Further, when union members seek to be free of the costs of union membership, the unions often resort to aggressive, bullying tactics to keep them (and their dues) in the union.
For some examples, watch the online broadcast of an event Tuesday hosted by The Heritage Foundation that will highlight several examples of the unions’ willingness to undermine the ability of their members to exercise employee freedom.
But as previous NEFW polling illustrates, over 33 percent of those in union households want to leave. Therefore educational efforts like NEFW are necessary to inform and educate union members about their workplace rights and empower them to make the decision about union membership that’s best for them.
More information is available at www.EmployeeFreedomWeek.com.