I'd suggest a viewing of the film, I'm Alright, Jack.
A British anti-union piece from the late 50's starring Ian Carmichael and Peter Sellers. Sellers plays the Chief Steward for the Union, in a great lower-class East End London accent. It parodies the feather-bedding and union intransigeance of that period.
Then sit down and remind yourself that it is a parody, a fictional exaggeration, and try to remember that most of the stories about Unions originate or are made up by large companies who are not happy with their union employees, like the company which made the movie for instance. It is still massively funny, unless you believe all the exaggerations being offered, at which point it becomes anger producing.
Unions exist to try to represent the members with at least some coordination versus the employers who hold all the cards and who have used them to dictate virtually all the terms. Given the extraordinary change in the financial centre of gravity of businesses over the last 40 years, by which I mean that the centre of gravity has moved up much close to the top than in the 50's and 60's and much of the 70's businesses now exercise much more power. Combined with the coalescence of industries into large and larger conglomerates, employees have less and less power to negotiate.
And, Toni, most wealthy people didn't scrabble their way up from nothing. Most of them were just born into the right families, The Bushes, the Romney's the Coke's etc. Generally it takes a university education to become the next Steve Jobs or the next Bill Gates, though I do recognize that the guy who started Papa John's probably wasn't one of those, nor do I disparage his efforts and those of others like him. It's just that people in the food service industry are paid such a pittance in wages versus what the CEO gets it's apalling. The day of the family business building itself up over generations appears to be over.
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