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 315 Black, African American, Asian, Asian American, Hispanic and Latino, and other professionals of color are separately analyzed and, in part, compared to non-Hispanic White professionals.
Among the respondents: 58% were employed in the private, for-profit sector; 25% were employed in the public sector; 32% were employed in engineering, business, finance, computer, and math occupations; 32% were Black or African American; 29% were Asian; 32% were Hispanic; 65% identified as Democrats; 57% were women; and 58% were under the age of 40.
While professionals of color and non-Hispanic White professionals shared some of the same views on unions, professionals of color were different in a number of important respects.
First, professionals of color were distinguished by their strong support for union representation in the workplace. Strong support for joining together make professionals of color an important source for union activists.
Second, professionals of color and non-Hispanic White professionals generally agreed about the type of qualities and values their preferred union would have. However, professionals of color had a much stronger preference for a union that stood for equality. Unions should highlight their union’s commitment to equality.
Third, professionals of color may be more likely to be affected by problems with management. Although professionals of color and non-Hispanic White professionals had similar attitudes about job satisfaction, they differ in attitude on satisfaction with their employer. Issues with management cannot be explained by the fact that professionals of color were younger than non-Hispanic White professionals in the survey. Younger professionals were actually more likely to be satisfied with their employer.
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