Not only are unions a counterbalance to management in many areas so to is organized crime. Whenever an economy begins to be captured by forceful elements that make life difficult for people unions and organized crime can emerge and actually improve the living conditions in a city or region.
Obviously technology displaces workers and that is usually a good thing as workers adapt and move to more useful work.
But is the pattern really working out for us? Sure, we no longer need fifty men to cut our lawns as we have power mowers. But we now have too many unemployed who drain the system's wealth. We may no longer have huge numbers of women working at the phone company but talking on the phone is still expensive. And factories no longer hire huge crowds of workers but the price of a new car is far worse than in 1920. So is technology helping us or drowning us? So far it's a toss up.
As proof of our insanity some of us are untouchable due a concept called sovereign immunity which we are supposed to balance in our minds with the concept of legal equality.
Stuff like this is an explanation for Michael Jackson whacking his nose off while wearing one white glove while plotting to molest another little boy. It's a sicko paradise!