Many attribute Donald Trump’s election to the anxiety, uncertainty, and anger of American workers who were drawn to his promises to shake up an economic system that hasn’t delivered for average people. While organized labor has opposed much of the agenda of the Trump Administration, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, wholeheartedly agrees on the need for change to the system to benefit workers.
In 1954, 34% of U.S. workers were unionized. Today, just 10.7% are, and that falls to 6.5% in the private-sector. While most Americans, 55%, have a positive view of unions, according to a Pew research survey, there’s a notable partisan split, with 70% of Democrats holding a favorable view versus 40% of Republicans.