I was raised a union bigot.
Unions were evil. My dad hated unions. I don’t know why.
My perspective has evolved. Unions are useful. Nor are unions bad. However, monopolies are bad.
One important lesson came from John Dendahl, then running a small unionized technology manufacturing firm in Santa Fe. Years later, Dendahl was the take no-prisoners chair of the state Republicans.
A union contract defines the rules, Dendahl said.
His company had not had a strike. In Albuquerque, a large electronics manufacturer claimed (correctly, I suspect) that the workforce included commie agitators and got much grief from the union, the same one as at Dendahl’s firm.
As I remember, there were complaints, eventually substantiated, about sloppy handling of toxic materials.
These memories arise in the context of “right to work” proposals (House Bill 75, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, and, Senate Bill 183, a duplicate of HB 75, sponsored by Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington) being considered in the Legislature. Roch is an educator. Sharer is a businessman.
The proposals would prohibit requiring union membership as a condition of employment.