Which is it? It's the work will get done union or not. You seem to be giving credit where credit isn't due. Again, if there were no union in sight, the water and electric companies would offer just enough money to attract competent workers to the job. Perfection is supply and demand. So if the water company or electric company couldn't find workers for $35,000 per year plus benefits, they would offer $40,000 and so on.<quoted text>
My point is that you posit hypocritical views.
On the one hand, you praise laborers (who happen top be unionized) for working in brutal conditions to get your water turned back on after a winter main break, even suggesting a reasonable wage, and on the other hand, you have in the past painted unionized municipal employees as being lazy and overpaid.
So which is it?
Believe it or not, companies and workers survive without unions. In fact, most companies and employees do. Unions today are as worthless as a typewriter. Sure, in their day, it was the greatest thing. But we've (at least some of us) advanced from all that now. They are useless and unnecessary.