Boeing Workers Back Strike

This is what is wrong with unions in the United States. They've outlived their usefulness and have become a financial burden to manufacturers. Take this excerpt from an article I was reading today...

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Boeing's three-year "best and final" offer included bonuses totaling at least $5,000, raises averaging 11 percent, pension increases and a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment — $34,000 in average pay and benefit gains per employee, according to the company. (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,416361,00.html)
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Did you get that? "$34,000 in average pay and benefit gains per employee". How in the world can companies compete against foreign manufacturers when they have extortionists like this machinist union, representing aircraft assembly workers, working for them? Now multiply that $34,000 figure by the 27,000 workers that will be covered by said proposed contract and the financial hit amounts to $918 million dollars over three years. And the American public wonders why so many companies are opting to offshore their manufacturing and production needs.