The following analysis was completed by DPE based on an October 2016 attitudinal survey of 1,004 non-union professional and technical employees. Here, the responses of 209 professionals that were employed in the public sector are separately analyzed and, in part, compared to professionals are employed in other sectors.
A couple of noteworthy insights emerge when comparing public sector professionals to professionals in other sectors.
First, public sector professionals expressed a greater need for salary and annual raise improvements. More than any other sector, public professionals want a raise and are likely to be receptive to a union that could demonstrate how joining or forming a union could help to win salary and annual raise improvements.
Second, the public sector was more supportive of having union representation at work than any other sector. At the conclusion of the survey support for a union at their current job moved even higher.
Third, public sector professionals were more likely to have problems in the workplace—being treated unfairly, feeling undervalued, and having problems with management. Thus, public sector professionals were more likely to see a non-monetary advantage in having a union, including preventing arbitrary and unfair treatment and helping them utilize a collective voice to seek workplace change.
Finally, they were more likely than professionals in other sectors to believe that unions protect poorly performing employees. Protection of poor performers ranked higher than involvement in politics, conflict with management, and paying union dues in terms of concerns with having a union at work.
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