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Extremely important, practically essential. Without unions, corporations could do whatever they want which means treating all lower employees like garbage and pay them next to nothing. Corporations are one of the most corrupt things in this country and without unions they could do anything and they will do anything for money. Employees who are unionized tend to have higher pay and treated better than non-unionized employees

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Q: How important do you think unions are for present day workers?
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