Unions are there to protect their members.
That's fine if that's all the unions did. But there's more.
When unions go on strike, there's ALWAYS people willing to take those jobs for less money (in the bad type of unions I am referring to anyway). Therefore, the union people in those jobs must clearly be overpaid for the market (in many cases with unions, not all).
Here's how the free market system is supposed to function. There's a supply and a demand, and the price of the product (or labor) balances on the supply and demand of it. This is how America is supposed to work, using the free market system. Unions defeat this free market system by strongarming employers into paying more for a position than the free market system would demand otherwise. It's unfair, and should be illegal.
It's no different than a group of gas stations banding together to keep the price of gas artificially high and strongarming people to pay more. Gas station owners do that and they GO TO JAIL.
With all due respect, unions have a lot of great benefits, many of which are legitimate. But when a totally unskilled person can walk in off the street and mop floors for $60k per year, THERE'S A PROBLEM. And yes, I can cite a specific example of that exact thing happening.
Trust me the unions do not want people that are going to cause problems for other union members. Proud to be UNION.
Nothing personal, but I've never heard someone in one of these unions bash their union. Why would they? They'd be derailing their own gravy train.
Don't get me wrong, not ALL unions are like this, but I hate to say it, most of them seem to be. Sure, the guys show up on time, they stay all day, technically they don't break the rules to get fired. But they are usually doing a job half as well as a hungry eager person, at double the market wage, and I feel this is unfair to both the employer and the hungry person who is willing to do a better job.
This is not meant to be personal, this is just how I feel. If you can convince me otherwise, feel free. Competition for a job is what makes a worker do his best. The unions totally eliminate competition for a job. If you're in a union, you're "set". Sounds like the mob.
Again, not all unions are like this. But it seems like most of them are. Coal Miners, Auto Workers, Steel Workers, most of the big private non-state groups.