Most Would Vote for Union

Oct 29, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Americans have little faith that the economy is going to rebound anytime soon. They have even less faith in their employers, which is why most say they would vote for a union in their workplace if given the opportunity, says a New York Times/CBS News Poll.

According to the poll:

  • Fifty-six percent consider the economy to be fairly bad or very bad.

  • Seventy percent say the economy is worse now than it was two years ago.

  • Thirty-nine percent believe the economy will get worse.

  • Forty-six percent expect the economy to remain the same.

  • Only 13 percent predict the economy will improve.

  • For the first time in twenty years, most workers said they would vote to join a union if given the choice.

Moderator’s Comment: Two Questions–

  1. What is your take on the NYT/CBS Poll results?

  2. What would be the impact of a stronger labor movement
    on the CPG industry, retailing and consumers?

There is clearly a crisis in confidence in the economy,
made worse by the lack of leadership on display daily in the corner offices
and boardrooms of corporate America.
Anderson – Moderator

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