I would disagree on that one. At one point in our history they provided a hand to the working man to prevent unsafe working conditions, reasonable work hours and a better rate of pay. The problem is that during the 30's unions became a racket run by the likes of the mafia dons. This meant they stopped working for their members and started looting their members. Loans made from pension funds to launder money with out repaying the loans, etc... now they are little more than criminal organizations trying to keep their cash cows (members) in the pasture available for slaughter any time they feel the need.