It is in vogue right now to bash unions - even among Democrats. I'm not tempted to join in. Not even for a second.
The reason - my grandfather's strike against the Pennsylvania Railroad.
I'm here because he had the guts and determination to stand up to the biggest, most poltically connected company of the day. For most of his life he worked 6 days a week for the rail road and that was because the union won that day off. Prior to the strike the company had a saying "If you don't come in on Sunday, don't bother coming in on Monday."
He was detemeined to send his son, my father, to college and thanks to the union and the GI Bill he did. So when Democrats bash the unions or say they have too much power within the Democratic party - I say "They EARNED it." Happy Labor Day.