Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
In that case, it is about saving jobs (and, yes, that's how they get their dues). The company would have laid off all the workers.
Not all of the jobs could have been automated, but those that could would have saved the hearing of those who remained. By simply allowing some of those jobs to go away through attrition, they could have slowly automated the process and kept the remaining people on in a safer environment.

Unions aren't about saving jobs, but about perpetuating their power, which means keeping the number of dues-paying members up, even if the work is gone.