Here is the fundamental question that is never answered: What is the point of a union in the first place?
In short, unions were created back during the depression years when work environments were unsafe. People were so desperate for work that they would subject themselves to these unsafe conditions. Essentially, they would risk their health for a paycheck.
Fast forward to present day, and workplace safety is no longer a concern with the likes of OHSA and other government agencies.
So I ask again, what is the point of a union?
In a capitalistic society and economy, “pay for performance” is the working rule. If you perform, you will be paid accordingly. If the company performs well (i.e. makes a good product), they will be paid accordingly (i.e. customers).
It’s super simple: if a union worker doesn’t feel they are being compensated fairly - QUIT! Go find the job that will pay you what you think you should be paid. If you can’t find that job, then clearly your thoughts on your value are misguided and you really aren’t worth that much.
To ban together and unionize is nothing more than trying to gain job security for inferior performance. It’s no different than teacher’s unions and “tenure”.
If you work for a corporation: you perform well, you get a raise or a bonus - provided the company does well. If the company has a bad year, no matter how good you are at your job, you’re not going to get a raise/bonus. If you don’t like it and feel that other people in the company didn’t perform their job and ultimately screwed you - you quit the job.
Unions continue to kill the american economy. For example, the US invented the TV, yet you cannot buy a single TV made in the US. Obama bailed out GM and the union made concessions, yet years later, the union is right back to their old tricks. GM should have been shuttered and an free economy should prevail. I have no doubt the union will strike again once the new contract expires. A tiger doesn’t change his stripes.