You are completely underestimating the wages of Union leaders. My Union president will make over a million this year. Last year he only made $700,000. Poooooooor thing!Well afterall they are only getting paid 3 times federal Minimum wage, how do you expect them to support all those high paid Unioon Officals being paid $100,000+ a year.
Unions are just another big business (my airline sent $33 Million to the pilot union last year) and if the leaders can make an extra buck selling their members down the river, they will. This is why unions concentrate more on work rules that require higher staffing (therefore more card carrying members) rather than higher wages.