I've worked in union and non-union shops. The union shops are always less productive and more expensive. I currently work at a unionized university in Illinois. The union constantly pushes for more pay for less work... or for getting paid for any little extra thing you do. They love to nickle-and-dime employers. Several years ago, a janitor changed a light bulb in my office. The bill... $60! Only a union person may change a light bulb, and at their ridiculous rates. I'm not even allowed to hammer a nail into my office wall to hang a picture. In fact, the union confiscated a hammer we had in our office because "only union janitors may use hammers on campus." The fee for hammering a nail to hang a picture? $50.