Are "unions" still necessary? My wife and I started a discussion and it rapidly became a heated debate.( read as 'fight' :) ) We have opposing views. To say the least. So I ask the members here. What do you think? Are labour unions still necessary to protect the labour force? My position is that there are enough laws and reporting methoods of 'bad or unsafe' conditions, or unfair practices, to make the original purpose of the forming of unions superfluous. They succeeded. Now they can be reduced to an intermediary in the role of worker/Management relations. I agreed that a 'collective bargaining agreement' saves individuals from asking for a raise but the laws that the unions forced to be enacted ( child labour laws etc. ) have made the power of the unions to strike for 'other' desired benefits is no longer a reason to support the unions as they have evolved into. In short. I think the unions have too much power in the say of how companies are run.