UNIONS: There are some RARE circumstances where unions are appropriate and beneficial; ALL are in the private sector. Unions in the public sector facilitate theft from the taxpayers, and are an abomination. Those of us who were awake during the 70's and 80's saw how unions made their industries totally uncompetitive in the world marketplace. Massive job losses were the inevitable result, because unions refused to restructure compensation and benefits, and eliminate featherbedding and other counterproductive work practices. They blamed it on foreign employers paying pennies on the dollar, but then a funny thing happened. NUCOR proved that a steel company could pay good wages and benefits and still make a profit, while USW companies were dying on the vine. Then Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others proved the same thing in the ajto industry while UAW companies basically all went bankrupt. What is the main difference between the successful companies and the failures? Unions. While i have great respect for construction craft unions, labor and unskilled unions inflate costs with no real benefit. If it were not for government "prevailing wage" laws, organized construction companies would all be out of business. And like it or not, unions are a manifestation of socialism in the workplace. They discourage excellence and productivity, defend the indefensible, and pay everyone the same, regardless of value.