If anyone has looked into the history of labor before the organization of unions, he/she will realize how they came to be--just reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is sufficient for many. However, the problem nowadays is the problem of human nature: Whenever people become too empowered they become unreasonable. Major labor unions such as the Teamsters, the UAW (auto workers), the steelworkers, and others have often priced themselves out of jobs as the union members, who are often too short-sighted, vote for increased wages without considering that their company is not making enough profits to afford the increase, or without realizing that the consumer of their product makes much less than they do so that consumer cannot possibly afford their product. Because such workers are short-sighted and selfish, they are certainly the cause of problems for management and the success of a company. This conflict is the greatest one today.
Recent documentaries on the autoworkers' unions have demonstrated on tape that GM employees are sometimes paid without even doing any work; other ridiculous conditions exist, too, such as the employees' smoking marijuana at lunchtime or drinking without any repercussions. In other words, the union is so strong that it is virtually impossible for a company to fire unworthy employees. Obviously, the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction from the days in which the owners of New York textile factories were able to throw their Irish shopgirls into the machinery if they did not work long hours and suffer the horrible conditions dealt them.