The following analysis was completed by DPE based on an October 2016 attitudinal survey of 1,004 professional and technical employees. Here, the responses of 208 male professionals aged 45 and older are separately analyzed and, in part, compared to male professionals aged 21 to 44.
Older and younger male professionals (aged 21 to 44) are similar in in many ways, but differ in their support for union representation.
First, only one-quarter of older male professionals believed unions are effective in improving wages, benefits, and working conditions for professionals. This was the lowest effectiveness rating found among all groups, including conservatives, Republicans, and high income earners. Unions must demonstrate and reinforce that joining together is the most effective way to make workplace improvements.
Second, older male professionals want workplace improvements, including better salaries and benefits, but they do not believe that having a union could help them achieve those improvements. Demonstrating an effective, member-driven strategy to improve wages and benefits may be an effective way to win over older male professionals.
Third, older male professionals tend to hold more positive views of management. Older male professionals were much less likely to find fault with different problems faced on the job, including actions by management. Older male professionals also expressed a greater concern that union representation could mean going on strike. Emphasizing labor-management cooperation and addressing concerns about strikes may alleviate concerns.
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