In short, have they outlived their purpose which was once based upon preventing child labor, ungodly hours of operation, and unfair wages? Are they even needed anymore in todays U.S. labor force? and finally what is your opinion on Unions? ~~~~~ Heres the reason I'm yet again jumping on the Union bashing train: I am currently employed by a recognized "small business" that employs roughly 10 people. Times are obviously lean due to the economic situation the we are all in so companies like us are struggling very hard to get by. We compete against the larger companies in the same field and we do pretty well in terms of work load in comparison to our size. Recently we've been "dog eared" by the local Painters Union who's basically the puppet for the Bay Area Union. In a sense they've got their guns set on destroying our company due to the fact we will not agree to join them. Thats also a direct quote from the Union rep who's threatened us before due to us not being able to come to an agreement in the past with them. Now with things the way they are, its a very good possibility that they'll be able to strong arm my company into the gutter and out of business. This is a family business that is being challenged to be put out of business because of the horribly corrupt Union that we'd have to deal with. Need I point out that we were in fact once part of the union, however were being bled dry by insanely high fees that were all soaked up through Union Bureaucracy. We're talking literally $50,000 a month that went straight to the Union in fees... not counting what was taken out of the Employees Payroll. So I cant help but wonder if Unions goals are to create better working environment for their Laborers, why do they only cater to Large companies in good faith compared to small business' like this one? That right there to me shows a great example of how horribly unneeded unions are today in the US. Their original goals have been achieved, now why cant they just off and disappear like other Unneeded Special Interest groups.