Unions are being demonized in some cases for conditions thay did not create. The collapse of our manufacturing base was caused by the creation of a global economy, by making China a “Most Favored Trading Nation” thus eliminating tariffs and trade barriers, by NAFTA, and other such legislation AS WELL AS by foreign students taking more than 50% of our graduate and professional level degrees in math and sciences. The’ve been doing so for decades.
Yes, the unions long ago created unrealistic entitlements. But the companies went along with them. Times were good. Money was flowing.
Teachers unions and tenure have proved to be a detriment to education in my opinion. But, then that subject would be a very lengthy thread indeed.
IMHO it’s a mistake to equate the loss of our manufacturing base to overseas on a philosophy of profit over quality. Our quality history is cluttered with way, way too many examples of poor quality made right here in the U.S. and beaten badly in the marketplace by superior quality made elsewhere.
The problem is far more complex than can be explained with simple statements of within the capacities of a simple forum thread.