A group of young women standing together against a gray wall outside

As of 2021, public approval for unions in the United States was at the highest point in 56 years—at 68%. Among people of color, that number rises to 76%. Nearly half of non-unionized workers say they would join a union if they could. Through collective bargaining, union members have been able to win economic security for themselves and their families, including higher and more equal wages, access to affordable benefits, and the right not to be fired without cause. The presence of a union in the workplace also makes it more likely that working people will raise safety concerns – which is especially critical in light of COVID-19. While unions are beneficial for all workers, union membership is especially important for women workers.