I have my reservations about unions, there is corruption, coercion & other problems. But, in our current atmosphere, with relatively high unemployment, at-will hiring, near-unlimited ability to hire people from developing countries, the deck is heavily weighed in favor of management. And they are not infallible, have their own problems, & if anything have less concern for the rights of employees. Unions at least bring some balance, albeit imperfect, in this equation. I read threads where managers were demanding nurses punch out for lunch but still work without pay, where management's ineptitude was blamed on nurses, where unfounded complaints led to suspension or termination. Why, b/c the nurse had no protection, & hey there is somebody very willing to accept those terms, if not in America then in India, Nigeria, Philippines you name it. (This is not an anti-immigrant statement, I myself an am immigrant & I know firsthand the fear & insecurity one faces when one's work permit is sponsored by the employer). And this is everywhere. Should not happen in the wealthiest country in the world.