um, and I would vigorously disagree with you on that, and vigorously agree with Zimquats...
When I worked non-union, I climbed, I ran, I blew past a lot of guys that were hired long before I was, I climbed a rate of $10 an hour over the course of a year (while the other guys if they were lucky got a buck or two...), simply because I was a hard worker, was always at work, and if I ****ed up, I accepted responsibilities for my actions and decisions and took the punishment or flak for it. I then made the mistake of moving to a union company, simple because that was the only real choice at the time, in my union time, getting a pay raise was like pulling teeth, my job security was shot out the window because I was the low man on the totem pole in terms of seniority, whether I could do the job better, was more reliable, or tried that much harder didn't really matter...The union rewards slackers, lazy individuals, and those who simply like to coast along while holding back the hard workers, the ones that want to get the job done and are willing to do what it takes. (This isn't always the case, there are the few, but it is the norm...sorry, face facts folks it is...)
You're argument that it sucks in a union at the bottom versus the top is complete hogwash, I've seen more incompentance in a union in the upper echelons, than I've ever seen in a non-union company, with no accountablility for the people at the top or bottom...unions have become to big and two powerful and have lost their original intent.
Having worked in a union environment in the forest industry for 23 years,I can hear exactly what you are saying.
From personal experience now!
I had to train another worker that was #2 on the company seniority list to do my job,as a job posting went up for the same job that I was doing I could not say no as it was against the training program that the union had with the company.I was near the bottom of the so called totem pole.This guy I was training was a pain in the ass to the company,hid behind the union,and was a slacker that did very little to justify his existence on this wonderful planet .As weeks went on I had him trained, more equipment was purchased and he was on his own.
After a shutdown over the winter I was layed off and who got my job,the slacker that did nothing to justify his lousy existence.The UNION member with all the mighty seniority came out ahead.This is just one example that has come across my path in my journey on our planet.I am sure there are more.
The only good thing I came away with is a decent pension,and knowing that if I had to choose I would choose a non union company to work for.