On the other hand, my wife works in the health service and she says an increasing number of people she works with are dropping out of the union since:
- The dues may be small but they’re not insignificant at a time when money is tight for a lot of people; and
- Her colleagues have seen what they feel are significant cuts in income (OT) and changes to work practices, and they feel the union threw them under a bus as a bargaining chip; and
- If it comes to a strike, the unions have no strike funds, so they don’t want to go on strike and not get paid.
In other words, at the time when a well-run union could be the most useful to her colleagues, they are abandoning it due to dissatisfaction with how it operates.