My husband retired in 2005 with a pension and full medical benefits. He lost the medical benefits 2 years later, when the government allowed the company to open the contract and change it unilaterally. Paying for insurance coverage cost most of his pension until he turned 65. I bet you any money the union would never be allowed to open a contract and change its part of the deal--tell me I am wrong.
My mother had a foster brother who helped organize Republic Steel in Cleveland. The company got the federal government to send troops to break up a sit-down strike. A soldier shot my mom's foster brother in the hand and he lost 2 fingers. That was about 1938, about 14 years before I was born. Violence promoted by corporations and condoned by the government started as soon as progressives got laws protecting the working man and the lower class families from the avarice of business America and it hasn't stopped. The corporations went after blue collar jobs, and believe it, they will pull anyone down if it makes their bloody bottom line look better.
Why Pres. Obama signed this stinking piece of garbage is beyond me. Workers have lost enough and we need to protect and regain workers' rights and benefits before we all end up living "nasty brutish and short lives", which, my friends, is also going to happen in my lifetime, if we don't all wake up and smell the coffee.