Critics argue labor unions are out of touch and obsolete. According to Rasmussen, 57 percent of voters think union leaders are out of touch with members. The policies they're advocating for either don't help members or totally counter to what people care about. Some of the policies that unions fight tooth and nail for, like the minimum wage, only affect a small share of Americans. It's hard to recruit new members with such a narrow message.
The landscape has changed too. Blue collar jobs are being replaced with office tech jobs. Tech companies have little appetite for the rigid workplace rules that come with unions. Their ability to move quickly is what makes tech companies so powerful to begin with. That's incompatible with unions.
Unions are trying to solve a 21st-century problem using 20th-century techniques. It protects workers at the cost of innovation. If the company is going broke anyway, what's the point of having a good healthcare plan? America doesn't need unions as they are right now. They're a relic of the past struggling to remain relevant.
Supporters say unions are as important now as ever. It's increasingly clear that few politicians actually care about workers. Donald Trump says he'll fight for the average American worker but, in the same breath, propose cuts to social programs that directly help struggling workers. Democrats can't seem to figure out what they want and have also failed to look out for the middle class.
Unions are the only platform that give workers power in the workplace and in American politics. As individuals, people have little to no power in their workplace or in American government. Unions give people, no matter their education or income, the means to stand up for themselves and fight for themselves. It forces the powers that be to give workers a seat at the table.
Unions are nothing without its members. That's what gives them power. The American middle class is shrinking. Economic gains are going to the wealthy. Workers must come together and fight for themselves. No one else will.