Having much respect for your opinion(your post made some very valid points)I offer this....In my opinion, unions work against excellence.
Being in the union and working out of a unionized shop,we know that we are not the cheapest game in town. In order to continue to be competitive in todays economy, we strive to be THE BEST IN THE BUISINESS. The mechanical company that I work for utilizes SKILLED LABOR in the form of HVAC Techs, Welders, Plumbers, and Pipefitters. In our area ,our reputation for a job DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME speaks for itself.