I agree with most of what you've said here... fundamentally, unions generally represent an economic drag. I suppose there is some merit in cases where a company would otherwise greatly take advantage (as Chaz suggested), but a company has to compete for employees, so it is not to their advantage to be uncompetitive. If there is no hope of being competitive, the strategy these days (unions or not) is to move jobs physically (eg China) to cut costs...
Coming from a high tech manufacturing world... unions are regularly rejected by employees (assemblers + engineers alike)... most would rather earn stock options than pay union dues (myself included)... but by your first paragraph do you suggest that it is likely that we will see unions breaking into the technology world? maybe as a given industry somewhat matures? (I suppose, in fairness to Chaz's comment, most of us do work more than a 40 hour work week to get stuff done, but if it's fulfilling work, and compensation is competitive, who cares? right?)
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