I'm with demonspeed - I came from a very poor family and have easily worked my way up to a six figure salary by my mid 30's. It disgusts me to see people extort entitlements from companies instead of earning it for themselves. My mom was a single parent. She worked long days as a secretary and office assistant to make sure we had enough to make ends meet. I worked my own way through engineering school, found a good job, and have worked hard to make my way up at my company as a senior engineer. I never thought or expected anybody to give me anything other than an equal opportunity, and I've made the most of it. It wasn't that hard - you only have to try, work hard, and work smart.
For people to demand things of their company instead of working for and earning it is despicable. I have no respect for people who seek out the help and protection of a union. They are basically admitting that they can't and don't want to do better for themselves - they want other people to hand it to them through entitlements. Artificially inflating the value and costs of labor (or product) is a death blow to the economy, innovation, and competition, and it sets a bad example for our younger generations. Children and people should be encouraged to work harder, work smarter, set goals, and not settle for mediocrity and handouts. Unions do exactly the opposite - they encourage mediocrity, stagnicity, and entitlement behavior. These attributes are not good for our country.