Unions ended sweat shops, demanded decent working conditions and allowed members to have the money to buy houses, cars and other things that drove the economy. More importantly, they are the only voice, of any substance, to stand up to corporations and their skewing of laws. Who else is going to fight against air pollution, stopping free speech, censorship, individual rights verses corporate interests? No, making Michigan a "right to work" state benefits the corporations way more than it benefits those who choose not to pay union dues. P.S. I never belonged to a union.