Voters Want New to See Legislation Promoting Recertification
Overwhelming numbers believe workers should have voting rights
This past December, the Yankee Institute of Public Policy conducted a voter survey, asking 1,209 registered voters across the state how they felt about the issues of union transparency and union worker voting rights.* Our respondents spanned the political spectrum, with 27% identifying themselves as Democrats, 31% as Independents, 26% as Republicans, and the remaining small percentage as choosing none of the above or preferred not to disclose their party. Here is what they told us:
77% believe that union members should have choices when it comes to their union representation.
82% of voters believe union members should have the right to vote on the union that represents them at the workplace.
75% of voters believe union members should have access to information from a new or different union.
What does this mean? It means that Connecticut voters overwhelmingly support the idea of union recertification election. Recertification election is a rule that would give public union workers the right to vote on which union represents them at the workplace. That means that they would have the right to choose a different or alternate union by way of a vote instead of being given just one choice. Right now, this is not the case in Connecticut. But it could be if legislators were to listen to their voters.
75% of voters agree that state legislators should allow union recertification election. Nearly half of voters strongly agree.
The data is clear – both union workers and voters both support working voting rights and wish to see recertification – and democracy – brought back to the unions in Connecticut.
*Fielded December 15 to 26, N= 1209, margin of error +/- 3%.