I am so angry with DH's union. They have been completely useless. Two years ago the employees at the company where my DH works took major concessions in order to save the company. There were plenty of orders to keep the company going, but because of some poor financial decisions made by management they were facing bankruptcy. (The reason for the companies financial troubles only came out after the employees made concessions.) In Oct. of 2004, employees agreed to a big pay cut, gave up 3 paid holidays, and forfeited some of their insurance benefits (agreed to pay for more out of pocket/less coverage). In doing this, the company promised that in 2006 when they began discussing a new contract they would go back to the 2004 contract and go from it. The company has publicly stated that the employees concessions in 2004 are what saved the company and why they are thriving today. They now brag of making record breaking profits! In Oct. 2006 new contract negotiations began. When the first contract was offered it was an insult! It was a raise from their current pay, but did not even take them back to their 2004 wages and benefits. But according to their union "we have negotiated a great contract for you including a 9 1/2% pay raise." They seemingly forgot the companies promise to work from the 2004 contract. Employees voted down the contract. A second contract was offered. It was the same as the first, just had some numbers switched around. It too was voted down. The union then informed employees that they would not back a strike and they had to accept the next contract offered. If they voted down the next contract, then the company could close it's doors and reopen without a union and much lower wages. Last night the new contract was passed out and it was voted on today. It was even less then the last contract that was offered. Their scare tactics worked and the contracted was approved today. It really ticked off DH today, when he looked at his pay stub and saw that union dues were taken out this week. What a major waste of his money. He has been supporting the union and they have given all of these worker the shaft. I can imagine the garbage they will print in their next magazine about what a wonderful job they did for these workers. This has been the first time and will be the last that my DH has even been in a union. DH has stayed at his job because he enjoys what he's doing, is really good at it and was loyal to the company. He no longer feels good about working there. A non Union company in the same city offers $5.00 more an hour, more generous paid holidays, and great company paid for health insurance. They are interested in DH and it looks as if he may get on there.