I'll make 1 post on this topic as it usually is a touchy subject. I worked in a union plant for 11 yrs, but I am about as ANTI union as you can get. It has since been relocated to Mexico, thanks to NAFTA. I've seen WAY too many people keep their jobs that can't count thier balls twice and come up with the same number, while the hard working people have to be let go all because of seniority. Job performance is not an issue, seniority is. Once a member, it is hard to fire them. If you are a slacker, yet want job security, go union. Plain and simple. Every time the contract vote comes up, you will not decide if you want to accept the conditions of the proposed contract, the majority will. So if the terms satisfy you, yet over 1/2 of the members don't like it, guess what, you go on strike. And it always seems that a lot of people always feel they are getting screwed over, so they always vote strike. For the most part, you won't even think about it. Only during contract talks and rough times will it become an issue. My personnel beliefs are that unions were needed back in the beginning, but thier time is over. I prefer that my future be in my hands and in my control.