Why? Because of things like this. Chrysler fired Alex Wassell, a man with 20 years of experience, because he was “engaging in, participating in, aiding or approving conduct constituting or appearing to constitute a conflict with the interests of the Company.” a.k.a. fighting for better conditions for employees.
Talk about Orwellian language. Anything a worker does could constitute a conflict with the interests of the Company. Heck, they could fire you for asking for a raise with that language. The National Labor Relations Board has found such language discriminatory in the past, but the NLRB doesn’t really exist right now because a court found Obama’s recess appointments to the Board to be unconstitutional.
This creates a lovely dynamic. Republicans block NLRB appointments. Obama makes recess appointments which allows the NLRB to do their job. Republican judge rules appointments unconstitutional. NLRB ceases to function and all NLRB cases that had been decided have to be reheard once the appointments are approved by the Senate. Alex Wassell is looking at a year before his case is heard. It’s a win-win situation. Companies win and Republicans win. Workers lose. This is how Republicans want the government to work.
Companies have all of the power over an individual employee. Unions do what they can to level that balance of power. Yes, there are abuses. They pale in comparison to the history of abuses that companies have inflicted on their employees.