My ex's father was a unionized Ford employee. He made 88k/year with top-shelf benefits for driving a hi-lo. He retired at 58 and will receive a comfortable pension (into which he paid nothing) and gold-plated healthcare until the day he dies (or Ford goes out of business from so overcompensating its workers).
He used to take bags of meat with him to work--he would brag to me about how he and the guys would BBQ ribs and steaks for hours during his shift and how there was virtually nothing "the boss" could do about it. But the mere suggestion that perhaps unions may have had a hand in the declining fortunes of the (once) Big 3 would send him into a rage of indignation.