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Non-union workers more satisfied

Non-unionized workers are more satisfied with their jobs than unionized workers, according to the results of a just...

September 4, 2003   Canadian Plastics

Non-unionized workers are more satisfied with their jobs than unionized workers, according to the results of a just-released poll. While 56% of non-unionized workers are "very satisfied" with their jobs, only 49% of unionized workers are “very satisfied”.
The nationwide National Post/Global poll was commissioned by LabourWatch and conducted Leger Marketing.
In addition to evaluating worker satisfaction with their jobs in general, the poll asked employees how they felt about their pay, workplace safety, relations with management, and other job conditions.
The same percentage of unionized and non-unionized workers (35%) are “very satisfied” with their pay, although more unionized workers (50%) are "somewhat satisfied" with their pay than non-unionized workers (45%). Non-unionized workers have safer work environments: 65% of non-unionized employees are "very satisfied" with the level of safety in their workplace, while only 53% of unionized workers are "very satisfied". Union workers were less satisfied with relations with management: 18% were dissatisfied, while only 9% of non-unionized workers were dissatisfied about their relations with company management. Non-unionized work places also rated high for worker satisfaction with job responsibility and job flexibility. The poll’s analysis attributes the results to hosts of work restrictions contained in union collective bargaining agreements, as well as non-unionized companies being more competitive and successful in globalized business conditions.


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