The deceptive and inaccurate rhetoric of Robert Reich notwithstanding, the simple fact is that today Labor unions exist only in situations in which they are given monopolistic control of public & private sector workforces In all other situations (i.e. those in which the workers themselves have the right to choose whether they will or will not join a labor union ), Labor unions simply wither away.
Union advocates like Reich are fond of fostering the illusion of dark forces working to deprive unions of their carefully nurtured monopolies over workforces in private industries or government agencies. However the simple fact is that whenever the union members themselves are given the freedom to choose whether to join or leave a formerly monopolistic labor union, they choose to leave in great numbers, and the union dies.
Monopolies are harmful in business and they are harmful in labor relations as well. Labor unions can survive only in cases in which they are given government- mandated, or simply de facto, monopolistic control of the workforce involved. Wherever workers are given a choice, unions die.