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34% of employers fire workers who try to form unions.


63% of employers interrogate workers in mandatory one-on-one meetings with their supervisors about support for the union


54% of employers threaten workers in workers in mandatory one-on-one meetings with their supervisors about support for the union.


57% of employers threaten to close the worksite when workers try to form a union.


47% of employers threaten to cut wages and benefits when workers try to form a union.


75% of employers facing a union organizing drive hire anti-union consultants.


30% of employers provide assistance to an employee anti-union committee.


21% of employers bring police into the workplace (even though no arrests were made in the campaigns surveyed).


41%In 41% of campaigns with a majority of recent immigrants, employers threaten to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)


$0.00the amount the NLRB can fine an employer for willfully bribing, threatening, assaulting, or firing pro-union employees.


7 yearsIt took the National Labor Relations Board over 7 years to find Wal-Mart guilty of unionbusting and firing a worker in Nevada.


1 yearOne year after a successful election, 52% of newly formed unions had no collective bargaining agreement. Two years after an election, 37% of newly formed unions still had no contract.


½ millionSince 2003, more than half a million Americans formed unions through majority sign-up.


Four out of 10In the current company-dominated system, workers who ask for a union election don’t get a chance to vote in four out of 10 cases.


30%Workers in unions earn 30% higher wages than those without unions.


36%of workers who vote against union representation and explain their vote as a response to employer pressure according to a survey of 400 NLRB election campaigns in 1998 and 1999.


180 times In 2007, the average pay for CEOs was more than 180 times average worker pay.


79%of workers agreed that workers are “very” or “somewhat” likely to be fired for trying to organize a union.


23%of workers in majority sign-up campaigns report management coercion to oppose the union.


46%of workers in NLRB elections are likely to report management coercion to oppose the union.


59%Union workers in the U.S. are 59% more likely to have employer-provided health insurance.


1 in 20or 4.6%, reported feeling pressured by a union organizer to sign a card during a majority sign-up campaign.


5.5 yearsis the median time it takes the NLRB to resolve its "highest priority" unfair labor practice cases resulting in backpay awards.


889 daysIn 50% of the decisions issued by the NLRB in 2002 over unfair labor practice charges, workers waited more than 889 days for the NLRB to reach a decision.


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