Being a Union shop has nothing to do with staying away from OSHA fines. If anything Colt would have to charge more for their products due to Unions overated payscales vs production. All of which benefit the union bosses. OSHA fines based on hazards which has nothing to do with a manufacturing facility being union or non-union. Ask a UAW vs a Toyota non-union worker. Toyota workers get equal or better payscales, better benefits, etc and do not have to pay or share with anyone.
Your statement, while correct, has nothing to do with the point I was making. A union shop would not have put up with any dangerous conditions to the workers such as high lead levels, unsanitary conditions, poor working conditions. These working conditions are exactly why Unions were started! To protect the workers RIGHTS and to be treated like humans.
As for Unions costing more to the consumer, only if the owners continue to pile on the profits to their personal bank accounts. Gee... mansions, fancy cars, personal jets and villas in Italy... damn the workers! Let them eat cake!!
I'm as conservative as they come and yes, I'm a member of a national Union. I don't like a LOT of the ideals my Union expects me to regurgitate without question, HOWEVER, I'm paid a very FAIR wage base and benefit package for my training and level of expertise. I make my company a fair amount of money on a daily basis and I feel I earn my keep. Would I do it for less? I sure wouldn't want to and I shouldn't have to but if I worked for a non-Union company doing the same thing, they would charge the consumer the same amount for the same service the main difference being the company owner would keep more of the profit margin. Fair? Yeah, right.
Every non-Union worker in America has benefitted from the Unions. They have brought the wage base up for everyone to increase their standard of living. Thank the Unions for a 5 day 40hr work week and overtime standards. Working conditions have improved due to Unions. The list goes on.
The idealism of Unions isn't a bad one for the worker. It has been abused as of lately. We could go back to the day without Unions and deal with abusive employers, poor working conditions, poor wages, no overtime benefits, etc. Gee... where do I sign up for that??