As others have stated, unions have become self serving. Instead of representing the "local" they have become national organizations with homogeneous wants that may or may not reflect the local area conditions. In addition, if a shop truly wants to unionize, why wouldn't all employees get together, form the bargaining unit and go to work with management. Why do they need to pay dues and why does the union need money if it's truly an organization that represents those in the workplace? Finally, why are unions allowed to donate any of their hard-earned employees pay to any political entity? Can't the workers donate directly to the candidate of their choice?