I put 13 years into the building trades union before I got hurt and had to retire. But my union compared to the UAW, is a difference like night and day. I'm thankful I worked union, mainly due to the fact that I'm drawing a pension, that the non-union guys doing the same job I did will never get- What I don't understand, is how some politicians want to end collective bargaining rights of all the unions, EXCEPT police, and firemen unions. I mean, is it really ok to screw the teachers, and leave the cops alone? Then again it does make sense. The rich NEED cops dedicated to their agenda (keep the poor folks under control) and a less educated commoner is easier to keep working in their dangerous low paying jobs.