Perhaps labor unions might just have a window of opportunity in light of the new Right to Work laws in Michigan. I think the unions should consider a pitch to take on all administrative and financial functions of the personnel department for their major employers.
The manufacturer would save money by outsourcing all of the plant level administrative functions. The manufacturer would simply tell the union how many operators were needed each shift and provide the standard work instructions.
The union would make sure enough trained people were there every shift to run the place. The manufacturer could concentrate on design and engineering of the product instead of getting bogged down in the mundane tasks of actually having to build it.
The future of the labor movement is best enabled by helping manufacturers be more profitable. This is just one way.