See for yourself.
The only good reason for not firing them was that this would have gotten them free publicity. Shoppers did not notice they were gone. They had zero negative impact on their employers. They merely called attention to reality: the union movement is busted.
They think they own their jobs. No one without a contract owns a job. And if the contract specifies that a worker is not entitled to strike, then workers should be fired if they strike. Simple. It’s the right of contracts.
In the spring of 1981, PATCO struck: the air traffic controllers union. All 13,000 members walked off the job. President Reagan gave them a deadline to go back to work. Then he fired everyone who didn’t: over 11,000 of them. In October 1981, the union was de-certified. That is a fancy word for “busted.” That sent federal government union members a message. “You don’t own your job.” They are not pushy any more.
The union movement is just about dead in the USA. Only 11% of all workers are in unions, and half of these are in government-job unions.
Under 7% of private sector employees are in unions, and these unions have just about zero bargaining power. They know it. Management knows it.
In the USA, someone who wants to bid his services for a job does not have to join a union. Unions can no longer block workers who are willing to work for wages lower than union members want.
The highest union membership in the USA was in the 1950s, at one-third. Those days are over. They will never return. This is one of the great victories for liberty in my lifetime — the liberty of being allowed to bid for a job.