You are correct Mr. Sexton. A living wage, retirement, health care, safety, and workers rights do, and did cost more money.
I'd like to point out something you skipped over though. Remember when Norma Rae's father said he made $1.33 an hour? That was a 1970's wage. Right now, today in 2013 you can go to the garment mills in 3rd world countries and what's the wage? Some where right around that $1.33 for the ENTIRE DAY! So even if wages hadn't been raised at all, it would still be cheaper in those other countries. That's not the fault of the Unions.
As for people voting against the union companies would threaten workers with their jobs and disseminate information like the Jews and Blacks would take over the plant jobs and toss the white christians out.