Nah. I remember when the steel workers union destroyed and industry that provided about 3 million local jobs and 95% of the steel in the world too.
I also remember the guys my dad used to hang out with- Class of '79 $25.00/hour high school drop outs who would get hammered at lunch then convince themselves that they needed a raise. Beating scabs over the head with wrenches, hitting secretaries in the face with bricks as they tried to get in to their offices.
Instead of investing in updated machinery and production methods, co's had to settle labor "disputes", let the entire infrastructure rust into the dirt and move operations to Japan.
I also remember my last interview with the Steamfitters local 449. I did well with their welding course. Aced their entrance exam at 98%, and have pertinent experience in refrigeration and industrial construction, but No Uncles = No Job. But there were quite a few kids in that entry class who, for some reason, and certainly not for smarts or experience- were quite sure of the way things would go for them.
Same with mining. Got my red hat cert (underground mining apprentice). Shopped myself around. Got some good references from people in the industry, and passed over because the hiring manager placed his son on the crew instead of me. (Of this I have direct knowledge, from the crew manager, who was my reference in).
There isn't even enough room to tell you about the asshole experiences I've had with the Aircraft Mechanics union that ran the shop where I repaired machinery and robotic devices.
So don't give me any company line about short memory or looking out for the little guy. I am the little guy, and I have a lot more experience in getting kicked to the curb by labor unions versus collecting dividends and growth by owning shares in "Big Corporations" than you ever will.
GE, AIG, Citi, and hundreds of other supposed villains got no problems with giving me a share of what they make or that I will benefit from their growth.
edit: Lets not forget the classy folks of the shipbuilders union. They tossed about a thusand dollars worth of my tools (bought with my own money) into the James River when I worked at the Newport News shipyard for an outside contractor. Forget dignity or right to work, I was a scab!
Point being, you seem to be arguing from an idealogical standpoint. Mine is from a rubber meets road position. Unfortunately, the tire tracks across my back were left by democratic vehicles for social change. HaaaHaha The Irony.