Everyone seems to have a story about how terrible it was working in a closed shop. Some of those stories may well be true, but that doesn't prove that unions are an altogether bad thing. There are different unions, some better or worse than others, and recent history shows rank-and-file members can take control of their union to run it as they see fit, with real results (see: Chicago Teachers Union). In any case, even having bad union representation is better on the whole than not having a union at all. Numbers don't lie, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median earnings for union members are $200 more per week than non-union workers. Drivers who complain about low fares but resist organizing are just shooting themselves in the foot, while making it harder for the rest of us to improve our working conditions.