Perhaps the unions deserve to die. They bring on their own demise. As soon as you make a decision that protects existing workers while reducing benefits for new hires you are done. By agreeing to bar new workers from defined benefit retirement plans you lose the high ground. Now you are just sitting ducks allowing management to take pot shots to reduce the expensive workforce. (They call it evaluations.)
It’s not just the NFL refs union. Unions have been reduced to solely protecting existing members. As a force to right the imbalances of predator capitalism and restore and protect a middle class they are impotent.
401K plans suck compared to defined benefit plans. I you’ve got on you know. There just a big pool of money that gets plundered every ten years or so, cleaned out by the financial sector as part of bursting bubbles.
All the value that was defined benefit plans has left the middle class and moved up the food chain to the investors class. Its easy, just under-fund the plans, say ‘oh no’ and then claim the money for your stockholders.
Where are the 99%? Watching football complaining about the refs. Where is the media? Writing about football complaining about the refs. Coverage never rises to to a level that asks how this very public controversy relates to all of our lives, to the bigger picture of the dissolution of the middle class by fat-cat business men used to getting their way. Nobody want to mess with that. We are all stars in our own fantasy league, complicit in our own destruction.