Her business employs about 5-15 people depending on the season. Her former advisers told her she'd be making money if it weren't for all the union benefits. I haven't fully analyzed this but don't doubt the analysis has some merit.
Most of the people in her employ are family or like family. She bends over backwards to help. She doesn't use a time clock and is trying to stay afloat. She feels like the union does nothing to help her, costs them lots of money and essentially screws the workers.
If they don't work 100 hours in a month, they have to pay $500-$600 out of pocket to cover their own insurance. This is true even if they work 95 hours and come up just 5 hours short.
The jobs she bids on are competitive. She has to compete with non-union shops on most jobs, unless it is prevailing wage government work.
I'm going to meet with her next week and am torn what to do. I know all the reasons unions are important on meta level, but at the micro level, the bureaucracy and costs are killing her.