Labor Union Surveys

What do your union members value most? Gain an understanding of their needs, share results, and help streamline the negotiation process.

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Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor. But their work goes beyond their own jobs, and even beyond our borders. - John F. Kennedy, 35th US President

Understanding the needs of all union members is crucial in negotiating a successful labor contract.

Anonymous surveys give union members confidence to freely express ideas and concerns without fear of repercussions. Our report builder lets you share results with one click, increasing trust and transparency during negotiations.

Question types like MaxDiff, will help you uncover what union members truly value.

MaxDiff and Ranking are two important question types for union surveys

Interactive MaxDiff Example

MaxDiff is a valuable tool to help determine what your audience truly values. It goes beyond asking "How important do you think this benefit is?", and asks your union members to choose what is most and least important from a set of items.

When the results are displayed, each feature is scored giving you actionable data.

Which benefits do you find LEAST and MOST important during this round of negotiations?

Set 1 of 3

Least Important Most Important
Better health insurance
Additional training
Less strict uniform policy
Least Important Most Important
More PTO
Better pay
Less strict uniform policy
Least Important Most Important
Better pay
More PTO
Additional training

Interactive Click Ranking Example

A click ranking question is unique to SurveyKing. This could be used as an alternative to MaxDiff, for example finding the top three things union members value most to improve working conditions.

When scored, this question will give a distribution of the rankings, along with the number of times each attribute was ranked #1.

What are the top three things that would improve working conditions?

Click in order to rankClear

Hiring more staff to reduce workload 
More training
Better communication with management 
Less strict uniform policy
Bigger budget for better office tools, software

Types of Union Surveys

Contract Negotiations

This is a common use of union surveys. Information collected from a survey can help quantify what union members need or value most for an upcoming contract. That data can be shared with management of a company to help improve transparency and open up communication.

Validate Information

A union survey is perfect to validate information or claims made by management. For example, a company's management may say to the union leaders "We offer enough training". A union rep could send out a survey to the members and find out the opposite; employee training is lacking.

Improve Voter Turnout

Improving voting turnout is important reason for a union survey. This could be done in phases. Phase one could be sent out one year prior to a big vote, gauging initial interest. If engagement seems low, union leaders should work on improvements before a second phase survey. The second phase survey could be run six months prior to a vote. The difference between the two phases could point to what helped improve union engagement.

Voter turnout could also be increased by more frequent meetings or events. A preference of event types could be found during a survey.

General Feedback

General feedback could ask union members how much they trust union leaders, how communication between the union and members can be improved, or ideas on how to get members more engaged.

A general union survey could also include a Net Promoter Score question. This question will give you one simple number to track and benchmark over time. Increasing this number means more engaged and happy union members.

Collecting Union Survey Responses

Before collecting large scale response from all union members, you should do a test. Send the survey to a few union members, union management, and the management of the company. Gather feedback to make sure questions are correctly asked or if additional questions need to be included.

SurveyKing offers numerous ways to collect responses. Here are the convenient ones for union surveys:

Simple Web Link

A web link is the easiest way to collect responses. You can email this link to members from an internal email program, include in on flyers, or even print a QR code and include it on posters in the workplace.

An option can be enabled to only allow a device to submit one response, eliminating the possibility of ballot box stuffing.

Anonymous Survey Link

This is similar to a web link but this method adds an "Anonymous" seal at the top of each survey. This seal contains a link where respondents can learn more about how SurveyKing protect identities.

Similar to the simple link, an option can be enabled to only allow a device to submit one response.

This is the ideal for large organizations, as they can place the link in an internal message, while adding custom data to the URL.

Anonymous Email Message

This method sends an email from the SurveyKing system to each union member (or other recipients). The benefit to this method is our system will automatically track who has completed and not completed the survey. You won’t have access to see which respondents have or have not completed the survey, only a button that says, "Send Reminders". Custom data can also be included with this collector type.

This distribution method does have the option to upload an Excel file with all of the needed information. We can help your organization streamline the upload process if needed.

Anonymous Survey Benefits

One of the biggest features to the anonymous link is adding custom data to the survey. For example, you could add "Region Location" to the URL. This information would be available when you go to view the results. You might notice one region has different needs compared to another region. Identities would be protect with k-anonymouity.

Analyzing Results

The reporting section for each survey includes charts, graphs, and data tables. Data can be filtered, segmented, and exported. Presentational items such as commentary can be added. Reports can also be customized by deleting or adding questions as needed.

If you add a Net Promoter Score to the survey, be sure to benchmark that number and use it as a guide to improve union perception. The Net Promoter Score question and related open-ended text question can be added to the Net Promoter Module Report. This report types automatically tracks trends in the Net Promoter Score over time.

Sharing Results

Each survey report you create can be shared with one click via the "Share Report" button. This creates a shareable link for your report. The link can be sent union members, union management, or even company management and outside stakeholders. These end users can multiple the data on their end without effecting your report, enabling users to their own conclusions from the data.

Each report has a count on the number of unique devices that submitted a response. This helps to further increase transparency. If union members get a interactive report with data favorable to their contact stance, it helps increase union trust.

Labor Union Survey Sample Questions

  • How would you evaluate the working conditions in your area?
  • How often do you attend union meetings?
  • What do you believe the union’s top bargaining priority should be? (This could be a preliminary survey question, used to then create a MaxDiff or ranking question)
  • Do you know who your steward is?
  • How often do you attend union meetings?
  • How do you stay informed with union activities?
  • Do you see value in being a union member?
  • How often do you communicate your steward about union or job matters?
  • Which benefits do you find LEAST and MOST important during this round of union negotiations?
  • What are top 3 things that would make working conditions better? (Click Ranking Question)
  • Do you think supervisor is fair in terms of punishment for work violations?
  • How much confidence do you have in managements ability to grow and sustain the company?
  • What would you do to improve the organization?
  • Do you feel the organization provides adequate training?

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