As unions have declined, so have the protections and salaries of the working public. Unions are essential for keeping huge corporations in check. Without them we will revert back to the days of worker exploitation that defined the industrial revolution. That may have been good for business, but it is a stain on our history as a free nation, and we must be ever vigilant for the signs that big business is returning to those practices that unions fought so hard to end. Alone, workers stand no chance against the mighty corporate machine. United, we can and will fight to protect the rights of the workers who make this country great. If you benefit from the protection of a union, you should pay for that service. If you do not want to pay the dues, then seek employment where there is no union and see the difference it makes.