I know some would say Unions have ruined certain industries and create lazy workers. Well, life without Unions can also create workplaces where employees are being intimidated, a la the Wal-Mart version described below, and/or exploited. What Unions can also create is an environment where both sides of the table negotiate an agreement that strives to meet the needs of both sides of the table.
"The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would enable working people to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions by restoring workers’ freedom to choose for themselves whether to join a union."
"Wal-Mart has been holding meetings with employees, about the Employee Free Choice Act. A report in The Wall Street Journal said the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter - which has rigorously resisted being unionized - had held mandatory meetings with store managers and department supervisors in recent weeks to warn that if Democrats take power in November, they would likely push through the bill, which the company says would hurt workers." Click here for the full story.
I've been a Union member several times over my working career, and will be once again when I become a teacher. I feel Unions are essential. Why? Well, I find the only way to insure worker's rights, safety and living wages requires a Union with integrity to negotiate a fair deal. I don't trust the pigs at the trough to give workers their earned fair share.