First off, I wasn't always a union worker. I had my stupid little cubicle. I also had medical.
You're not as smart as you think.
As an electrician I am considered a professional. Just like a CPA or an attorney. Because of the knowledge and skills necessary, and the testing and certifications.
And if you think it's easy to run some of the heavy machinery we do, you are out of your skull. Again, testing and licensing, pal. Not to mention always under someone's watchful eye. Accident? You risk losing your license and with that your operating privilege.
Some people are unskilled, but they're earning a wage doing the crap you and others would never do. Certainly not for $10 /hr. They do stuff you wouldn't do for $30/hr. A lot of what a laborer does is backbreaking work. I wouldn't want to do it. All you see is a guy with a broom ! Trust me, pushing that broom is his down time. Other times he's swinging a sledge hammer or digging a ditch by hand.
not everyone has the opportunity or the intelligence to attend college. So stop being such a pompous a$$. There are a lot of lawyers looking for work too ya know.
Unions protect us,sure, but I suppose you like the current system better. Hire someone until we can replace him for less money! Or, get him to train his replacement overseas! There is your reality bub. Take your head out of your a$$ and maybe you'd notice things.
That's the reality I see and read about every day.