Why is it that the dander is up so much about a dues increase? That's the least of the rank and file's problems. Isn't the damage done by the threat of work stoppage more important to job security? Or is job security not an issue for the union too? Are the rank and file so ready willing and able to give up unknown amounts of wages and benefits for the kinds of gains made in the last contract? How many spouses understand the issues? How many members have done the calculations to know when a strike is a net gain and when it becomes just another way to cut their own personal income over the life of the contract? Is the union helping the membership understand not only the political issues but also the financial issues? Do their recommendations match the best interests of their members? You as a member understand the issues and vote for those that represent you well?