This is something I have been thinking about for some time, but have not seen on here. I placed it in Disneyland because Disneyland is the park that is Union, and would allow for easy comparison to other parks that are not. Specifically I am curious what effect the Unions have on CM morale, what effect they have on Disney's bottom line, and the debate over if they are even effective.
From a positive standpoint the Unions protect worker's rights, benefits, and pay. They ensure that Disney can't trample on it's workers. I have known many great shop stewards who were able to save individuals jobs, and call "foul" when it was appropriate. I know the shady side of Disney, and for that I am glad they are there.
From a negative standpoint, everyone is the same no matter how much or how little you work. It is based on how long you are there, and ensures that you simply do your job. You get paid same as the CM next to you, who may work harder, or may slack off. It makes it difficult for Disney to weed out the "bad apples", and costs the company money in the form of benefits (vacation, sick, medical, dental, 401k).
From a neutral standpoint I feel the Union is simply maintaining what it has. I have been through several contract negotiations, and every time what is promised is completely different from what was delivered. I can't completely blame Disney because the Union members ultimately vote on the contract. However, if enough individuals do not vote (non vote counts as a yes) then the contract passes by sheer neglect. High seniority CM's are usually the main demographic that votes because they have the most invested in the company. Anyone can tell you that the seniority at Disneyland has been steadily plummeting! Personally I feel the Union has become ineffective, as contracts have become worse and top-out pay has been frozen for some time. It's members are no longer fully united, and the threat of a strike is a laughable joke. The Union... has done little more then trying to protect what it has.
So I am curious what all of this has on the effect of CM's morale, behavior, and Disney's actual bottom line... any thoughts?