unions are needed in any economy to prevent the abuse of workers. fair wages, 40 hour work weeks, labor day, etc. are all due to labor unions. strengthening labor unions is something we need in this country, especially since union numbers are so low nowadays. you could argue against the national scale unions & say they, too, have a potential to be corrupt, but local unions essentially have no cons. all the hate against unions simply comes from greedy capitalists who want to buy cheap and sell expensive.