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 274 male professionals aged 21 to 44 are separately analyzed and, in part, compared to male professionals aged 45 and older.
In a number of ways, younger and older male professionals (aged 45 and over) are similar in their attitudes toward unions. However, younger male professionals are different in a number of important respects.
First, younger male professionals are more likely to support a proposal to have a union in the workplace. Strong support may be linked to the fact that younger male professionals are far more likely than older male professionals to believe that unions are effective in improving wages, benefits, and working conditions for professionals. To build or maintain support, unions organizing younger male professionals should reinforce the effectiveness of unions at making workplace improvements.
Second, younger male professionals have concerns that union representation could result in increased conflict between management and employees. To a lesser extent, they are also concerned about disrupting workplace relationships. Younger male professionals may require more information about how unions operate and how they work cooperatively with management to address issues in the workplace.
Third, younger male professionals place a higher priority on career advancement and have concerns that their individual efforts and achievements might not be rewarded if they have union representation. Unions should address how individual achievement can be rewarded in a union contract.
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