I was in three different unions for better than half of my work life. I worked for my union on a voluntary basis and was on the bricks picketing for a total of 5 months while the union bosses collected dues from me and accepted full pay. Then one day I discovered that the union was only loyal to the union and would sell out the rank and file at the drop of the hat. They talk down on management but they are management. One time we were assessed an additional 2 1/2% of our wages in order to pay for the defense of union thugs who had committed a crime in the name of the union. Then when the company was bought out by another company that had broken the union in another state they threw the rank and file under the bus.