Some of my fellow employees are trying to start an union. We've had a special meeting in which my department was told A Union Would Not Be A Good Idea, plus a letter saying A Union Would Not Be A Good Idea has been sent out to all staff.
What they're not getting is that employees are not talking union just to piss management off. At the risk of stating the ridiculously obvious, you can't give people year after year of no cost of living increases and expect them not to try to do something to change the situation.
As it stands, they can sit around for the "same ole same ole" or they can try to change it. Really, it's not a difficult equation at all.