We live in a global economy now. Unions were born when companies faced no natural repercussions from employee exploitation and abuse. Anti trust laws, mass communication, an educated populace, significant global and local competition all conspire against harsh worker treatment. The should have been a temporary solution not a permanent one. Their utility as a bulwark against Corporate malfeasance has long passed. On top of this, they should have never been allowed in the public sector or on public works projects where their pay comes from the taxpayer.