Years ago, as a young reporter with few responsibilities in life outside of my job, I worked for a unionized global news organization.

The union, as far as I could tell, didn't do much except collect its dues.

It didn't help prevent the company from slashing our pay when times got tough, couldn't stop the owners from selling the organization to people who had no idea how to turn its fortunes around, and couldn't keep us out of bankruptcy court.

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