I see the union movement as flawed in the practice, as you showed an example of above - but have appreciated much about it.. at times. Other times, racketeerville, and other complications.
My father was at a union meeting instead of my birth (and it was difficult, apparently, me rather blue). I heard about that a lot from my mother ("Joe was..."), but it was an apparent important meeting (she said, "the founding"). I never did think to ask if the timing was a surprise, or ask my father about it. Would that we could have people back for some conversation....
Anyway, why do you bring this up exactly today, did you run into some reference? Thinking about Detroit? Just mulling?
Oh, and nodding with Thomas.