I've been very undecided about what I thought about unions and organized labor for a long time now. Even after joining IATSE Local 80 two years ago, I still wasn't sure what to think.
And I still don't.
But Wisconson has got me thinking and has gotten me over the first hump in my thought process.
Unions are good and necessary, but not all unions are necessarily good.
A little explanation. I believe that organized labor and collective bargaining are the only way to resist the pressures of corporate greed and to ensure the fair treatment of workers everywhere(including the workers in government jobs). I also believe that just like laws, unions can be good and they can be bad; and just like bad laws aren't a reason to get rid of the rule of law altogether, bad unions(unethical, greedy, unrepresentative) are no reason to get rid of workers rights to organize.
I still have a lot of thinking to do on the subject. I'll report when I have more to say.