The idea that it takes unions and governments to protect the workers in any society from the rapacious heels of the wealthy is perhaps one of the most pernicious, and simultaneously ridiculous notions ever perpetrated upon the world. It involves the recreation of history to fit a political narrative spun solely by people who wish to seize political power, mostly for themselves, and realize that they need an uneducated populace in order to do so.
While I will concede that unions will produce benefits for the people who belong to those unions, those costs are born not by management, but by the entirety of the remainder of the population at large. One overlooked fact in America, and any of the most economically free nations, is that the lot of the ordinary working citizen began improving greatly long before the creation of any union. Another overlooked fact is that the rapid improvement in the living standards of the ordinary citizen stagnated largely beginning with the appearance of trade unions. These facts are not coincidental, they are the result of a more causal relationship.
Watch for the fun Dr. Friedman has when challenged by the Socialists who attended his lectures and attempted to duel with the greatest economic mind America has ever produced. Friedman's stature is such that even this week, a Socialist moron named Ben Bernanke took great pains to invoke his name to justify his own malfeasance, which he is unfortunately in a position to inflict upon our great nation.