I live in a so called “developed” country. However, in my city, geographical area and other zones; there are many unions that simply exist for the entertainment and make-a-living motive of their leaders. My business and many others, mostly all, are affected by such big unions.
The national postal service happens to be on strike. The members of their unions demand better pay, pensions, and everything related to money now and for the future for the workers of an industry that is slowly dying (see related article: The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse @ http://bx.businessweek.com/united-states-postal-service/view?url=http%3A%2F%2Fc.moreover.com%2Fclick%2Fhere.pl%3Fr4676038466%26f%3D9791).
New technologies have been pushing the need for paper traveling from A to B inappropriate, expensive, slow, irrelevant, not-green, etc. etc. etc.
So, these union leaders, in their infinite wisdom, demand that postal workers get ‘better’ working conditions, meaning money. They seem not to realize anybody who nowadays has a job is in excellent working conditions.
Consequently, with the strike, such organization has made most of us find workarounds, substitutes, new ways of doing business, and even realizations as to what can be delivered cheaper or not needed to be sent using such service. When the strike ends -it will end soon- even more postal workers will find themselves without a job. The ones that are able to keep their position for whatever reason will find that the volume has decreased, and then, only then, all involved will start realizing they have just shot themselves in the foot.
Too bad, too late.