I am considered by management a "hardcore union activists". I have always supported the right of unions to protect the rights of workers in the work place. Despite having productivity that was in the top 10% of my unit, I found myself being bullied for no apparent reason. The union was there with me and protected my rights and job. I in turn have helped the union prepare defenses for other similarly treated officers.
There is zero rhyme and reason for much of the mayhem.
Much of the fiasco in WI is about the union having to get the dues directly from the members as opposed to a payroll deduction. I work in an atmosphere where union membership is optional. I am slightly annoyed that at least two people whose jobs were saved by the union legal action have not paid a nickel in dues. In short this is a classic illustration of the need for people who are not in the union to pay some dues for services rendered. In one case the person involved is a close friend and a very marginal officer who I help daily.
I am proud of the excellent job my union does each and every day. If a worker whose productivity is in the top ten percent can be targeted for arbitrary abuse it can happen to anyone. I am not defending shoddy work or incompetence, but government can be a brutal taskmaster and at times the conditions do resemble a sweatshop.