Reading this thread was sure interesting...
I guess i'll just say that I am by far to the right on most gov policy.
I am also a proud member of a Union (CWA Local 13000).
I agree with alot of folks that say the unions "WERE" important, and I think there was a time that they really were not necessary, but I will say that in this day and age of corp greed, and the almighty dollar ruling everything, Unions really should become more important in the workplace. When the company decides to cut corners and not buy safety equipment that is an issue. A workers life is not more important than a dividend but to Corp America today... I can't say I feel they think that is true at times. I have seen this first hand in the workplace. I want to go home each night to my family.
I am happy to pay my Union dues and accept the protections the Union does offer, Especially Life Safety protections. Unions of course are not perfect, we all know this, they don't get everything they ask for like some folks seem to imply. In fact in the last 10 years unions typically have not gotten anything but lost more often than not benefits or securities they used to have.
I also will say the larger your union is the larger the disconnect is between the Union and the worker. Kind of goes with the old saying that you can't please everyone all the time. So yea, there are going to be people or groups of people in a union who hate the Union ways, Sometimes out of jealousy of senior employees, sometimes just because the Union cannot bargain what said employee desires. Remember those Senior employees have paid their dues in alot of cases. Lets face it though they don't win on everything. I know that first hand, I'm on a bargaining committee. I'm at the table. I know what goes on... I can say at least that in most cases they are doing the best they can do for their members.
As for me, I'll take the Union, I've been on both sides and at least with the Union employees have a voice in the workplace and its not entirely about saving every dollar and cutting every dollar from the actual people who make it happen every day.
Lastly I'll add that I typically always vote Republican. I know the Union wants me to vote, In most cases, Dem but I do not usually fall into those ideals on many topics. Anymore though Rep or Dem I find that neither is doing what I wish they would for America.