I agree with the others that said unions were, at one time, important. I have been part of a teachers union for 13 years. I have been working IN the union for about seven years. I do it to help union members, etc. But I can say that seeing the union from the working side has opened my eyes to the fact that MY union is essentially powerless. I doubt it is any different in other teachers unions as well. The superintendent of my disctrict was the president of his teachers union. There is very little power on the side of the worker. Workers in America are under attack, in my opinion. The science of business has progressed much more rapidly than has any organized labor effort. People get the PhD in HUMAN RESOURCES. This assault has only gotten stronger years have continued. This is my why the gap between the rich and the poor has also continued to increase. The middle class is disappearing. Duh, I guess we all know that.
Charles Bukowski's grave said it best: DON'T TRY.