Poll finds 62% ap­prove of unions

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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.”

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