Do you really think that your "union education" is FREE? REALLY? Do you not see the "cost" ?
In an open shop, the cost of education is typically shared between the employee and the employer. Fair enough? I pay for you to go to school, so you can become a better employee....making more money for the company, so in return you can be paid more? Fair enough?
So, who pays the cost of your education in a union shop? Duh, you (via dues), and your employer....but in the union environment, you also get to sell your soul to the union. You are no longer free to let your skills and work ethic carry you as far, and as fast as you can. You're locked in to "work rules". If you're a slacker, that's great.....if you're truly an ambitious go-getter, you will soon learn that your arrangement inhales deeply.
Then, there's that other pesky issue with unions.....the adversarial relationship that is inherently formed between employer and employee....forever. Ask yourself an honest question. Why would any self-respecting man voluntarily go to work with a company in a situation that requires a permanent intermediary? That's exactly what you do when you "go union". Unions pit employer against employee by nature. That's why they exist.
Would you consider marriage to a woman with whom your relationship would forever require an intermediary.....to determine who could and couldn't do what.....and who must and must not do what?
Think about it.....really.....Why on earth would you get up every morning, and go to work in a relationship that perpetuates mental and emotional warfare between yourself and your employer? Nuts to that.....be a free man, and go where you want to be, and do what you want to do....
Is selling your soul, and forever hindering your ability (and giving up your right) to progress at whatever level your skills and work ethic allow, really worth the extra bucks?
What value do you place on your pride and self-respect? is it worth trading for bondage?
I'd much rather pay for my own training, and retain my freedom.....