I suppose, for those who have not much ambition or life choices, a union can be useful. They can negotiate with the company for them and specify what they earn in pay and benefits, when they work, when they get vacation, when they go on break, when they can go to the bathroom, which jobs they may ascend to, etc. The union can offer these people some degree of security in return for their money and loyalty. The union becomes another layer of authority over the worker. The union that ostensibly protects the worker also gains control over the worker. If this is all a worker aspires to in his time on this earth, then more power to them. For those who have some ambition, the union becomes an obstacle. Anyone who truly desires to be their own person and control their own destiny will ensure they are valuable enough, by education, skill, and hard work to achieve this freedom. Companies need and value educated, skilled, and hard-working people, in spite of the union propaganda, because companies want to make money. On th3e other hand, companies actually use unions to hold down pay and benefits of unskilled workers. I know there are a lot of people who come from a long line of "union men", live in union towns, and live in closed shop areas. It is a way of life. I truly feel sorry for these people because they don't know anything else. Now this is not a flame of any union people. If you are happy with your union-managed life, that's fine. I'm just giving you all a different perspective, which is obviously at odds with Big Mick's and others who tout the union.