Dan, what about the union pensions. I know employers are obliged to contribute to their union employees pensions. And
I am pretty sure the pensions that the union guys get is pretty substantial.
Also, were you in a Right to Work state for your first nonunion job after college?
While it might be true that the unions negotiate substantial pensions for their members, they often miss the point long term. If the negotiated pension costs are too high they could damage the companies finances beyond where they can be competitive or even drive the company to bankruptcy. In either case nobody wins...pensions are reduced or not paid at all, current workers lose their jobs, and owners profits are reduced or disappear completely.