Royal Oak, MI
My father was in a union (UAW) and it did help him and many others earn great wages and benefits. He even admitted that GM (the company he worked for) gave them too much. He started out very gung-ho about the union. But by the time he retired he distrusted the union leadership as much as he did GM's leaders. And it wasn't just the auto unions. I have friends who are union members in the construction industry. Talk about corruption. The leaders there basically are on the take with the big contractors. It's a sad situation today. If there were no unions, more workers would get screwed. But union leaders are screwing their members too. Maybe a bit slower than the corporations would, but they're still screwing them. The best a person can hope for is to become self-employed. But laws passed under pressure (i.e. campaign contributions) by big corporations and big unions make it tough to become really successful.