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Union Head

Odds of Hanging On

Totally depends on how well you do—and "well" is defined as what kind of negotiator you were on behalf of your constituents. That is, there will be a perception after each new union contract about how well you assessed the power your workers had (i.e., for $11 million, could management have just replaced everyone with machines?). Your performance will also be evaluated on a basis of what kind of concessions you fought for…in the form of pay raises, pension add-ons, and other benefits, like that 32-hour work week the workers were demanding.