Oh puhleeze, unions are a mere shell of their former selves, and wield almost no real sway at the federal or state level anymore. Repeal Taft-Hartley and then we can have a real discussion about union organizing strength and influence in the political process.
You are seriously out of touch.
Government employees are the fastest growing group of union members.
Teacher unions are increasingly blamed for the inability of school systems to reform delivery of services, e.g. charter schools, adjustment of pension programs and merit pay for excellence.
In Colorado, a group has posted a constitutional change to prohibit "closed shops" in a right-to-work amendment. The unions responded with three amendments to force corporate peronal liability, forced health care benefits, one other I can't remember right now. Earlier our Dem Governor, backed by a Dem house and senate, issued an edict to allow unionization of 50000 state employees.
I might add, identify a couple of our major industries that are in trouble and you will find a union in the background--try the airlines and auto to start with.
With a Dem congress, Obama will sign a union "card" law, guaranteed.