The few unions that still exist are becoming weaker and weaker. Unions used to be the backbone of the middle class and when they started disappearing so did the middle class. Unions do not always do what is best but they are very very important. They negotiate wages, benefits, time off, overtime and working conditions etc. Without a union you are defenseless against an often corporate machine that will use you up and spit you out with no recourse. A union is a GOOD thing!!