As I've been saying elsewhere, collective bargaining can often be a net good thing. Where things become dysfunctional is when unions grow in power to the point that they exist only to increase their own influence at the expense of individuals and industry. A union isn't automatically a good thing or a bad thing; it depends on how it's run, the problems it addresses, and if it solves those problems while preserving the interests of the industry.
You and I are fighting a battle already lost. The hoards shopping at Walmart, Amazon, et al, can't grasp they're sending their jobs to China and putting themselves on the dole.
... and as a result the cost of practically all goods have plummeted. Consumers chose to purchase lower priced goods, and convenience, and the market responded. Little stands in the way of consumers to buy USA or elsewhere, except that isn't a priority to most people.
This is all going to be massively disrupted soon. Increasing automation will collapse much of the labor market and bring manufacturing back to where consumer demand is. Economies built on labor will need to figure something else out. Something like a UBI will become necessary as many more fall off the bottom rung of the jobs ladder. The cost of goods will also plummet.
Suicide rates will increase as people lose meaning, and the struggle of life becomes not in acquiring what is needed to merely live, but in finding purpose at all.
Where living is difficult, suicide rates are low. Look at Nigeria, Gambia, Uganda, Ethiopia suicide rates and compare them to comfortable places like the USA, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway...
Man lives not by bread alone. Our idiotic materialistic worldview has created a poverty of purpose. I don't know how to fix that problem. Politicians will suggest the solution is to provide free and easily accessible euthanasia, because like pharmaceutical companies, they have incentive to treat symptoms and not the disease.