The alleged behavior of those leaders is appalling.  While some local union leaders have been resistant to the union being a vehicle to address issues of sexual harassment, academic locals have addressed these issues through the union with increasing success.  The appalling behavior of leaders in another workplace does not negate the fact that unionization enables us to negotiate stronger avenues of recourse, such as graduate assistants did at the university of Connecticut and postdocs at the University of California.  At UConn, for example, graduate assistants have used their grievance process to successfully resolve instances of harassment.