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Unlikely. The barrier to entry to work at Big4 is so much lower, they can replace all dissidents very quickly.

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What? Being a teacher is labour of love. It's a demanding and thankless job, people don't sign up to be a teacher for money and exit opportunities. Being a teacher is their career. Big 4 is a stepping stone to better things, or make partner. If you want to form a bookkeeping union go ahead.

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I hope not, unions are great if you are semi-incompetent and have made past your probationary period. If you have any ambition it won't matter due to seniority.

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Where I am located our state auditors and legislative auditors are unionized due to be state employees. High performers leave a lot of times because they can’t move up due to seniority and wages are significantly lower than a comparable level in public. Their only benefit is truly managing work/life as their union contract only gives them a certain number of over time hours per year, regardless of workload.

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There's also a legitimate legal question whether most people who work at Big 4 are eligible to join a union. You don't have any legal protections with regards to unionization if you are a "supervisor," and staff on up are arguably supervisors of the support staff - at least that's what the management would argue when they start firing everybody who's talking union. And they might just win.

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I feel like big 4 are a bit too similar. Midsized firms can take the low performers but high performers don’t really congregate at one firm. I think there’s room for an elite firm with a new structure. There’s some sort of demand for it with the firms like A&M.

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