Unions or organized labor came about to protect workers from their employers. Substandard wages, long hours, child labor, harassment in its various forms has largely been eliminated because of regulation as well as the efforts of organized labor.
We teach our children about Cesar Chavez and Lech Walesa, yet some of us seem to have forgotten that their major message was solidarity. If these leaders did not receive a majority of support from their members, their causes would have seen little success.
Although we have it much better than the members of these men's organizations, the principles involved are still the same. Some of us may feel that we are retiring in the near future and therefore don't need to be involved. Some of us may feel we are making it OK, so why rock the boat?
Some may feel they can't afford to lose any of the money they depend on each month. Some may feel they will hurt an administrator's feeling toward them if they get involved.