We recently celebrated Labor Day. I was able to retire at the age of 58.
I was able to retire because for 17 years I worked under a union-negotiated labor contract. My union-negotiated wages and benefits were high enough that I could save money to pay off my mortgage in 1994. When Boeing offered early retirement in 1995, I was able to retire and pursue my interests and passions and still support my family.
The union dues that you spent working will come back to you, thousand-fold in wages, benefits and safe and healthy working conditions! Don’t ever let anybody tell you different!