You kids are ignorant of history. The unions were more powerful then than ever. There were no non-union auto workers in 1964, and they were well paid, with good benefits and pensions (unlike today with your stupid anti-union sentiment). The decline didn't happen with unions, it happened when management decided to build cheap, shitty but expensive gas guzzlers in the 1970s when Japan was building well-built, quality, inexpensive transportation.
The unions didn't kill the industry, it was the other way around.
You win today's prize for the most ignorant comment posted at slashdot. Congrats!