Mitsubishi made the decision to close its plant in Normal, Ill. in November 2015. The plant employs 1,250 UAW represented employees.

A Gallup Inc. poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, an increase of five percent from the previous year. The poll results also showed that 37 percent of Americans want unions to be more influential, although 53 percent believe that unions will become weaker in the future. Seventy­nine percent of people who identified as Democrats supported unions, while 42 percent of Republicans were in favor of unions. Unions had the strongest rate of approval among young adults ages 18­34, with 66 percent support. Adults age 55 and over approved of unions by 58 percent, while unions had an support rating of 53 percent for adults ages 35­54.