Thanks to the good people at Target for the video explaining just how bad unions would be for their "team members."
[You know, if Target really considers me their "guest," how come nobody ever offers me a drink? They're not being a very good host.]
You should watch the video. It's shocking the way those "union businesses" exploit their workers! "With a union, you no longer have your own voice.... Somebody else will do your talking for you." The horrors! (yes, I'm being sarcastic)
Starting salary at Target comes out to around $25,000 a year. But don't worry, if you have a family, you make so little the government will have to kick in some earned income tax credit!
I remember when I went through waiter job training with Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago (Papagus on State Street, which did have excellent food). This was back in maybe 1993.
I remember being told, "At Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, you don't need a union." That was awfully nice of management to tell me. I would think how great my union-free life was whenever I was cut at lunch after doing a few hours of opening sidework and tipping out money I never made. (What? Was I not going to give the hard-working Mexican coffee guy his $2 just because I didn't make any?) And then, if I still had any money in my pocket, on my hour-long L ride home, I could celebrate my union-free freedom!
Seriously, though, who can put a monetary value on the ability to flambé a delicious saganiki while yelling, "Opa!"?
[Update: There was a unionization vote at a Target store in New York State. The workers voted against the union.]