To a certain class of thug, it's impossible to reject the appeal of violence. It's always easier to just put a gun to someone's head than it is to earn your money the honest way. Joe Nocera at the NYTimes can't remember it, but that's what unions are really all about.
More pay, less work - change nothing else. That's the point of a union. Of course, less work means higher prices and fewer sales (higher prices that union members still have to pay), but that doesn't matter to the union. "Let someone else pay" is what they say, as if those costs they impose are transformed away by magic. Even if the 'someone else' is them. When all they put in is force, all they get out is reduced efficiency. That's it.
Joe Nocera always forgets the other wonderful effects of unions. He forgets how they raise unemployment by keeping other qualified people out. This lowers the overall income of ALL workers. And while a non union worker who works harder better or smarter than his peers, will do better, a union member who tries something like that just gets a beating in the parking lot for making his 'brothers' look bad. More force.
The workers at PanAm were in a union. But since they drove that company out of business, I doubt they think much of the union now. Same with the union members at American Motors, and National Steel. The union isn't doing much for those workers. A union is a tapeworm - that's all. It provides no real benefit to anything but itself, and if it gets strong enough and large enough, it eventually just kills it's host.
Yes Joe, we need more of that. (What a remarkably stupid man.)