It could be that there are not enough of them. No longer an accepted way of life for large swaths of American life, they are under attack even as workers have longer hours and lower pay. Bait and switch? We have noticed, have we not, that the income gap has increased, the stock market it up, but our unemployment rate lingers in the unacceptable zone.
Ironically, the more beleaguered unions become, the less they are able or willing to do for their workers. I hear employees complaint frequently about their union’s ineffective grievance process, or lack of attention to a workplace problem. In survival mode, the union personnel may think that they should keep their heads down, rather than protect the workers. But that is a recipe for obsolescence.