A history lesson on unions: Worker (Joe the Factory Button Presser) jeopardizes product (plastic crap no one would buy unless a commercial told them they needed it) with a strike in order to pinch customer (guy who really thinks he needs plastic crap and will bitch unless he gets it) which will urge boss (fat bastard who doesn’t do anything unless the customer threatens not to buy plastic crap) to acquiesce to worker demands. Result: customer bitches, boss acquiesces, worker wins, plastic crap rolls off the lines once again.
An observation on teacher’s unions: Worker (under-paid, under-appreciated teacher) jeopardizes product (sweet child who really needs to learn how to add and subtract) with a strike in order to pinch customer (parent who works two jobs and doesn’t really know what goes on with their children from 7:50-2:10) which will urge boss (person who has never set foot in a classroom and who is, in the end, unable to produce money out of thin air since the American People care more about football than education) to acquiesce to worker demands. Result: customer is unable to advocate for the product, boss finds strikes an annoyance, worker loses, product missed a week of school, now struggles to add and subtract, and wonders why no one seems to care about them.
Lesson: Unions do not work when the product is a human being.