If you believe in democracy then you believe that an issue affecting multiple people should be resolved by enforcing what the majority of the people believe is the correct answer to the issue. In every corporation the workers are far numerous than the executives but the executives override the belief of the majority of workers. Hence to stand up for democracy, unions are born. The ultimate aim should be workers unity across all corporations, halting production if executives don't project socially benevolent goals for utility of the workers' labour. A structural reform of production towards socialism not only allows, but encourages workers' democracy, but that can only occur if most workers join unions and ensure democracy and transparency within unions.
But some unions are ridiculous. Such as teachers' unions. In some case there's one more evil -- paraprofessionals, the ones who are abusive. I don't think that they should even be allowed their job -- the ones who are abusive that is. But other unions can do some good. But I say it reluctantly.
In Europe, we have strong unions. I don't know to what extent it is due to that but Europe (especially Northern Europe) has better living standards than the US. This is due to higher wages, and pro-worker labor laws. Strikes and the ability to protest are essential civil disobedience mechanisms that allow workers to have their fair share of the profit.
Nowaday due to a lot of fields and this make certain authorities may ignore certain fields. Somemore union may help some considered as "low class" carrier occupations to protect their rights as the employee. Union should be fair and active to help in their members. Other than that, union also can united the people to move further in certain field as members benefits and rights was conserved
Those that profess that unions do a lot for people are getting scammed. Unions were good in the '30s but you are in the 21st century. Now with the internet and government, you can post something on the internet or report some abuse. You can get a law suit and win now. Thanks to the lawyers you can win on crazy abuse stories.
Those that profess that socialism= democracy hasn't read any history or the news. Venezuela has a socialist leader that just procured the power to decree. Violence rages in those lands of socialism and communism. They have failing economies prove by the EU and Asia. Government runned organizations like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac= bad business=problems for the people.
Your benevolent democracy under socialism hasn't existed ever. No workers democracy has ever worked. Socialism's goal is to bring down the bourgeoisie to the level of the proletariat creating everyone equally poor and miserable. What needs changing is the bringing up of the proletariat to the level of the bourgeoisie. Democracy doesn't exist when poverty and socialism existed. Look at former Russia, China, Bangladesh, India, EU and other; what good have they done... Of these, they have had many genocides, economic problems, economic/political inequality, political oppression, Racism, Sexism, and other problems.
Unions have ignored people and are self interested people the are pushing a political machine that is controlling/manipulating people into their political ideology. They are now = to Detroit Machine, Boss Tweet and Other gangsters that control people. This profession of the saving of the lower class is the profession to kill producers because they took too big of a risk and got to much reward. This abuse story your run is a great example of your inability to read the news and history.
I will admit their is good and bad parts of capitalism but anything else has been proven to be worst. Your benevolent goals of workers unite is crazy. How did socialism work for those in the Ukraine during the Holodomor or for the people of Greece do to socialism "equality".
Unions have outlived their time and now the men and women of today can do the work the Unions did.
Unions have done more to polarize America than any hate group. It has worked against business interests and is part of the reason we are beginning to lag behind the rest of the world. It is not too late to get rid of this since it is a relatively new agency.
Back in the day unions were fantastic. They used a democratic means, allowing any workers who wanted to join them to bargain for greater benefits. Those who didn't wish to join didn't have to and were not subject to either the risk or reward of union membership.
Today's unions, like feminists, have descended to the point where their primary goal is not to support equality or greater rights, but to raise more money for left-wing parties and organizations. Union dues go overwhelmingly towards paying the bosses and politicians, and in 26 states unions can be allowed to force non-union members to pay dues or even force workers to join unions if they don't want. Because unions are now fundraisers, not practical rights groups, almost all private-sector workers have ditched them and most that remain are public-sector unions that collectively bargain against the American taxpayer. That is neither useful nor does it help the taxpayer.
Naturally, those who are not on the left have no interest in joining unions, while those on the left want as many people to join unions as possible because more unionized workers means more money for left-wing groups. Rather than working for the rights of the worker, unions now fight for boosting the size of their coffers, and that benefits no one but the higher-ups and the politicians they buy out.