Historically, yes. But I don't think it'll ever happen in tech. In tech, the same pool of 'superstar' workers that fuel the engine that is this hypercompetitive system are sure they don't need such things - and for the most part they're right, for now. Until they get just a little too old or they have a health issue and just can't keep up with the machine anymore. Some thrive on it - the psycho workers discussed above - and serve as shining examples to the others. Most of them also came from mid-to-upper middle class backgrounds or better, and if they heard about unions from their parents at all it was probably about those bums on the shop floor working to rule again - hearing about the (very real!) negatives of unions without knowing any of the (also-real) positives. That's why I've run into tech people who are downright Marxist in every other way give the 'Well, unions USED to be necessary but these days...' speech. So, you try to organize, and 75% of the workforce think it's an anachronism that will just make their lives harder. Not likely happening. Ignoring the fact that a couple major tech hubs (though not Amazon) are in right-to-work states, getting a new union off the ground might be hard. And I suspect that if a wave of unionization ever hit white collar work, the final move from management would just be mass offshoring. Me? I grew up with my dad in a union. It was a not-entirely competent organization with such joys as an illiterate leader, goofy rules, and an imperfect track record at doing much of anything... But when we had problems, or the 2-3 times work put him in the hospital, they were a huge help. A mixed bag.