Poll finds 62% approve of unions
that they have there,” she said.
“Sometimes that’s in the form of a union – we hope that that is eventually where it goes to. Sometimes it’s a group of workers coming together to take on their bosses, to make the changes, with or without the union,” she said.
The union works with community-based groups committed to causes including the environment and immigrants’ rights, Somma said.
“We’re no longer just about winning that election,” she said. “If we were, underneath this [National Labor Relations Board], we’d be in big trouble. But what we’re about building is the connection of workers and community, and figuring out how we can solve problems together.”
Somma cited the results of a Gallup poll last year, which asked Americans if they approved of labor unions. Sixty two percent of respondents said yes, the highest level since 2003.
“I think the average American understands the value of the unions, based upon polling data and other data that’s been gathered,” Somma said. “But then, the question is, how do you then put a union into the workplace, and that’s the legal process. … I think the laws on the books are there. The question is the enforcement of the law.”