My Take - I believe that unions are out of control, but I do think we need to come to an understanding that is being left out of most of these commentaries....commentaries I largely agree with.....unions did not come into existance in a vaccum. They came into existance because the employees were being horribly abused. Especially in the coal mines. That old song Sixteen Tons, by Tennesee Ernie Ford played true to history.
Having grown up in Southwest Pennsylvania I know first hand from family members what went on in the coal mines, and those abuses went well back into the 1800's. Is it any wonder they call John L. Lewis, Brother John. No matter his affliations with communists, no matter that he shut down the mines in the midst of WWII, no matter what else he was or did.....including being the mentor to Rules For Radicals author Saul Alinsky......he gave them relief from horrible abuses.
Did they go too far? I know also that they did; even going on strike to support miners who were fired for smoking in the mine. Smoking in coal mines is an invitation to a deadly explosioin due to the naturally occuring methane gas in coal mines. So when the coal mines became owned by large corporations versus private owners they replaced people with machines and if they did the numbers and found what was going on was not worth the effort......they shut them down.
But the abuse started with the companies.....we do need to get that.