I think they have a very real hand in labor shortages in conjunction with their contracts , though... which is a fine way to artificially inflate wages, if you're into manipulating markets.
union, today, are primarily in the public sector( govt, and govt contractors)... that's their stronghold....they can't negotiate wages/benefits in govt (thank god)... they are utterly useless in the very "industry" they have a stranglehold on.
anymore, i'm starting to believe the primary purpose of the unions is self preservation, followed by electing Democrats to office, followed by creating huge non-taxable slush funds .... workers come in around #10 or #12 ( the behavior and arguments of the pro-unionists around here attest to that fact)
Why a Union?
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
he doesn't he neogiates for everyone so even the guy that takes 2 hour lunches and doesn't do anything the rest
of the time gets the same wage as i do for busting my butt.
what is even better is if the guy that sits on his ass and does nothing or as little as possible is there longer than me then i get fired before him if there is a layoff.
so no the agent isn't negotiating for me.