Union seems to be a dirty word these days. This despite the fact many people have never belonged to a union or received union benefits. Do you get overtime for hours above and beyond 40 per week ? Thank a union. Do you receive paid sick days ? Thank the labor movement. Health care (an issue in and of itself these days) ? Thank a union. The principle is simple. Safety in numbers. As for the argument pro and con, its human nature that we want something for nothing. It’s a survival instinct. In fact its pretty much hard wired. Whats been happening in recent years is that labor has been repeatedly maligned by many who have absolutely no exposure or experience. Many feel it is unionized workers who want something for nothing. To see the other side of the same coin, think rather in these terms.. maybe it’s a massive corporation that wants your sweat equity for the least amount they have to pay. On your own you can argue for a better deal which you may or may not receive. Its survival of the fittest, and if you travel that route without so much as a complaint, then more power to you. If however, you are continually denied benefits, made to work in harsh conditions and are ever abused by an employer, its tough to improve conditions with a single voice. Im talking garment factories, textile mills (ever see the movie Norma Rae ?) and a host of other industries. So, as we just observed Labor Day for another year with beer and barbeque, keep in mind that Miller beer is union made and the ground beef likely came from a union meatpacking plant. Have you ever worked out of doors in the pouring rain ? In the harsh New England winter where you came close to frostbite ? I have. Nowadays I work in the radio industry with a competitive salary and health benefits. I am pleased with my deal. For a lot of people however, people who really have to sweat to earn a dollar… those who labor long hours.. that’s why the federal govt allows collective bargaining and that’s why the govt observes Labor Day as a federal holiday.