2016 Survey Results

For National Employee Freedom Week, 2016, union members were asked two questions about employee freedom. In addition to asking if union members would like to opt-out of their union, NEFW also looked at the support for “Workers Choice” reforms, which would allow employees who opt out to negotiate directly with their employer.

Question 1: If it were possible to opt out of membership in a labor union without losing your job or any other penalty, would you do it?

  Yes No
Nationally 28.7 71.3

 

 

Question 2: If employees opt out of union membership and stop paying dues or fees to the union, should they instead represent themselves in negotiations with their employer?

  Yes No
Nationally 66.9 33.1
     
Arizona 58.0 42.0
Arkansas* 60.6 39.4
California 66.2 33.8
Colorado 57.0 43.0
Florida 62.3 37.7
Georgia 56.4 43.6
Hawaii 68.4 31.6
Idaho 59.8 40.2
Illinois 64.0 36.0
Iowa 62.5 37.5
Kansas 54.9 45.1
Louisiana* 61.0 39.0
Michigan 70.1 29.9
Mississippi 59.1 40.9
Nebraska 55.3 44.7
Nevada 60.4 39.6
New Jersey 65.3 34.7
New Mexico 54.7 45.3
North Carolina 57.2 42.8
Ohio 67.3 32.7
Oklahoma 63.0 37.0
Oregon 66.9 33.1
Pennsylvania 65.4 34.6
Rhode Island 67.8 32.2
South Carolina* 55.9 44.1
Texas 58.4 41.6
Utah 64.0 36.0
Vermont 59.8 40.2
Washington 62.2 37.8
West Virginia 77.2 22.8

 

* In these states, the question was asked of union households, rather than union members.