I find it very interesting that here in Canada, our LAWS are more protective of workers and worker's rights, and there are Labour Unions all over the place, in almost every industry. But in the US, especially the South, where "right to work" type legislation means management has the right to treat you comparatively like crap, there are no unions.
Granted, in Canada, our history is that the unions pushed for better labour laws (such as a 40-hour work week is all your employer can require unless you sign a contract stating otherwise). That's one of the good things unions can do. Unions pop up where they are needed. In the earlier part of this century, workers and labour leaders in Canada took huge risks to rally workers together to promote unions -to get safer working conditions and humane salaries, etc. People DID get fired, they did have to go on strike, and publicly fight against their managers. But look at the way general labourers were treated in 1932 vs now. It was worth it, I think. Maybe unions aren't needed here so much now. But elsewhere in north america, I see a need.
If people in the US are getting called in for mandatory OT, low salaries, crappy working conditions, etc - What is being done about it? WHY have unions NOT popped up? Are people not that unhappy with the way things are, are they afraid to take the risk and rally together to fight for better treatment, or are they pursuing other ways of achieving solutions?
OK, management and government can be anti-union all they want. It benefits THEM to take that position and pressure the workers to feel the same. But what about the front-line workers? Why do the people who do this job hate unions so much?