I am going to give my two cents on unions my experience only. In 1962 I served an apprenticeship as a maintenance electrician and was never out of work. I went to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and came back home to work again as an electrician.I served another apprenticeship as a construction electrician apprentice.In 1989 the ibew where I am from started allowing you to be laid off for for just about any reason :thats when I realized that the union was only good at keeping up wages and benefits but you were on you own to get your own job.The union where I am from secretly allows people to be backed door made a foreman and then three weeks later go back to been a regular electrician. I then started working for refrigeration air-conditioning contractors and going to school for the trade. Today I am working for my self doing both ac and refrigeration work also electrical contracting I have a license for electrical.I am interested in hearing feedback on my comments. In the electrical union when you get older and stopped becoming a shop rocket they get rid of you.I know an foreman who got hurt when another worker dropped a heavy object on him when he came back from a workman composition injury he was let go after having work for the company ten years.