Union are only good for those on drugs and the LAZY
You're absolutely right to a point. Union negotiated these contracts with the company at a time when the company was making big bucks and rather stay out on strike the companys gave in to idiotic demands. The big mistake is when idiotic demands were written into the long term contracts. Neither side could see down the road when the company was not making big bucks and the idiotic contracts were distrastous to both. My Dad a die hard union man when it was not cool to be in the union, stated exactly what you said; "Union protects the doo-less. What the union should be is a helper to the company to not allow the doo-less to bleed the union. Union and mgt need to work together for the benefit of both".