I am not a fan of unions. Worker’s unions, I mean. They retard efficiency and make actually make people lazy IMO, but they do still serve a legitimate purpose. Make no mistake, unions have become big business unto themselves. There is no real difference between unions and big business, other than the “product”. Big business’ product is widgets and/or services, union’s product is people/workers. You, the worker, are just a commodity… a means to a further end.
Their initial purpose has long been satisfied, so from that angle they have become somewhat debatable. They seem to be in the process of reinventing themselves, which is good for them because they need to in order to survive… though they still need to learn that defending absolutely every member regardless how boneheaded the incident is not good PR for them, and actually serves the anti-union movement with valid fodder.
But, if they were to disappear the gains workers have gained under them would disappear, too. Fewer holidays, less overtime, unsafe workplaces, no voice for grievances, and so on.
One could point to many of those benefits have been passed into law so they’re moot, but they’re not. The person saying that would be wrong. No unions equals no union lobbyists in Washington. If that were to happen business lobbyists would have that stuff repealed in a millisecond. Location would be a factor, most certainly, as some states are more conservative and some are more liberal, but in general a lot of the gains you enjoy would disappear, subtly, without you even noticing it. And what are you going to do about it? You have a boat payment to make.
In short, union’s future is not in securing rights, but in maintaining them. As much as I dislike saying it, yes, we still need unions.