I often ask workers who contact me whether there is a union at their workplace. If the answer is yes, my next question is are they a member? If the answer is no, I'll ask why? Most of the time, the answer is that the dues to join are too expensive. Sometimes the answer is that the worker just hasn't gotten around to it. In most cases, if the worker hasn't taken advantage of union membership, I will encourage them to join.
I know that unions, like other organizations and bureaucracies, have their challenges. But, I believe that unions are the only organizations that offer meaningful and powerful advocacy and protection for rank and file workers which is why I encourage all workers who can to join a union.
If unions were not good for workers, then companies, like Amazon, wouldn't be fighting so hard to keep unions out of their workplaces. The power of unions scares corporations like Amazon and others so much because a union means ORGANIZED WORKERS. And, corporations know that organized workers means POWERFUL WORKERS who can change their workplace for the better. ORGANIZED WORKERS can get raises, improved working conditions, and lots of things to improve their lives and their families' lives.
So, if there is a union at your work and you're not a member, I encourage you to seriously think about joining.