Unionization of the Military: An Attitude Survey
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The possible unionization of the Armed Forces of the United States has been receiving ever increasing attention. The American Federation of Government Employees has been exploring the possibility of unionization for the U.S. military. Since military personnel can no longer take the continued support of the public and the paternalism of Congress for granted in guaranteeing career benefits, the groundwork may be laid for the unionization of U.S. forces. In formulating policy to deal with this matter, an understanding of the attitudes of Air Force personnel toward unionization would be useful. Eight hundred Air Force officers and 800 Air Force enlisted personnel were randomly selected and sent a questionnaire designed to determine attitudes toward unions. In looking at overall response, there is no indication of any overwhelming desire for union representation, nor, with the exception of field grade officers, is there a decisive rejection. The minority that does favor a military union represents a sizeable number. A majority of personnel felt the need for a lobbying effort on their behalf with Congress. While many personnel have made up their minds on the question of military unionization, the final balance of opinion will rest with those still undecided.