If some question the role of unions in America today, workers have not given up them. The most recent Gallup poll finds support for unions increased to 58 percent with the highest level (66 percent) of support coming from young workers. Other polls show that interest in joining a union has grown steadily over the years, from a low of 30 percent in the 1970s to nearly 50 percent today. Economic evidence shows that the decline in unions accounts for between 20 and 30 percent of the rise in income inequality and stagnant wage growth experienced over the last several decades. Large numbers of workers still want unions, and the economy has paid a steep price for their decline.

Yet many Americans remain skeptical of unions, reflecting on past labor management conflicts or unionsí resistance to change. So the question is: Can labor adapt to a changing workforce and economy and once again become the innovative force that helped build a strong middle class?
Organized Labor’s Challenge In 21st Century America | Cognoscenti