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The Closing Gender, Education, and Ideological Divides Behind Gen Z’s Union Movement

The Closing Gender, Education, and Ideological Divides Behind Gen Z’s Union Movement

Unions have narrowed class and ideological divides to make Generation Z America's most pro-union generation.

Nationwide support for organized labor has reached a high-water mark not achieved since the 1960s, with strong support across all generations and highest among Generation Z. Members of Gen Z are entering the workforce at a time of growing economic uncertainty, as college degrees no longer promise job stability and young people describe high levels of economic anxiety. Among these workers, unions may hold special appeal as a way of not only achieving financial independence and security, but also asserting their voices in the workplace.

A new analysis of 2020 American National Election Studies (ANES) data from the Center for American Progress confirms that Gen Z is America’s most pro-union generation, even more so than older workers were at their age. (see methodological appendix) Gen Zers, defined as being 23 years old or younger in 2020, are more supportive of unions than not only Baby Boomers and Generation X, but also Millennials, themselves long seen as a particularly pro-union generation.

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Aurelia Glass

Policy Analyst, Inclusive Economy


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