In reply to #2 (my old friend Pohnpei):
I always get a little annoyed when people talk about "union"
contracts. Contracts are like tango--they require two
Here in New York City, the public school "teacher's
contract" is commonly blamed for every societal ill from nuclear
proliferation to the common cold. What most people (even most
teachers) fail to realize is that there is no such document named
"The Teacher's Contract." It is called "The Collective
Bargaining Agreement." It is an agreement between
TWO parties, namely, the teacher's union and the City of New
York. If there is something there that is inappropriate,
please blame both parties, not just one.
In the meantime, this agreement--like others that have been made
under NLRA--gives some strength to the "little guy."
Considering how much power and money the "big guys" have, what's so
bad about giving a little of it to the little guys?
Based on my knowledge of history, the big guys have never failed to
take care of themselves.