August 12, 2019

New York Times Article Cites MIT Sloan Research on Interest in Unions

A recent opinion column in The New York Times cites findings of a survey conducted as part of a research project supported by the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan.

In a column published August 3, 2019, Steven Greenhouse argues that, compared to other industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States displays what he terms "anti-worker exceptionalism" in its policies toward workers. Greenhouse attributes this trend in part to unions being weaker in the U.S. than in many comparable countries. 

One consequence, Greenhouse notes, is that many U.S. workers today are frustrated. He refers to a preliminary analysis of survey research that was conducted by scholars at MIT Sloan as part of a research project supported by the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan. That research found that, in 2017, almost half of nonunionized U.S. workers surveyed expressed interest in joining a union. (An article about these survey findings was published in the January 2019 issue of the journal ILR Review.)

You can read Greenhouse's column on The New York Times website, and you can read more about the MIT Sloan research Greenhouse mentions here


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