Artists are paid well. There is no need for a union. Unions are usually for low wage workers in the manufacturing industry.
This is common in the Hollywood industry and why so much of it is unionized: The unions provide a mechanism with studio funded residuals for workers to maintain health and retirement benefits outside the facilities they work at. They ensure labor laws are enforced and that a minimum standard is met for workers in a particular local.
Is it true that unions are only for low wage blue collar types? Not exactly. Some of the most successful high wager earning people need unions: Actors, Directors, Producers. Even the most uniquely talented athletes are a part of unions: The MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL all have player associations which are labor unions.
This sunday’s Superbowl may be the last NFL game we see for the rest of the year. NFL owners are threatening a lockout unless players agree to a new collective bargaining agreement.
With the NFL making record-breaking revenue and ratings, I highly doubt owners would be willing to end the season. It’s not about whether players are paid too high or too low, it’s about value. Usually the best way to determine value is measuring how much leverage each side has.