The dues came out of my paycheck. Every two weeks, the union took its few dollars for which it promised to fight, fight, fight for my rights as a worker.

I was never too confident in that claim and after witnessing multiple rounds of staff layoffs, pay cuts and two trips by the corporate counsel to bankruptcy court, it was pretty clear the union was powerless to protect much. Worse, it would huff and puff and threaten to blow things down but, really, it was all just theatrics.     

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