Kids absolutely NEED to hear warnings about this before they're old enough to work, and adults need frequent reminders.
This is a fake lie.
So boomers often don't comprehend that later generations have been conditioned to accept abuse and disposability from the start.
The first things we MUST all do: acknowledge the harms done to us, acknowledge our worth, and refuse to make excuses for the people abusing us.
Then keep doing those things. Out loud and in front of others.
Some of us need to engage in collective bargaining.
But that's a non-starter unless others are ALSO aware of their worth and their mistreatment.
So: keep saying it.
From what I have observed in workplaces, the success or failure of applying upward pressure isn't necessarily predicated on whether it happens through an official union.
Everyone is ultimately just people in a room.
If the person ostensibly "running the place" is aware it won't function without everyone else there... and aware that these people are ALSO aware...
That can go far.
No amount of union contract will help people who feel too defeated to USE it.
Keep reminding each other.
Be choosy. If you can't be choosy, then have an exit plan, WRITE IT DOWN and update it regularly.
Add to the list when you think of new ones.
It takes some executive function overhead to plan an exit, and abuse can deplete this, so don't be afraid to ask your friends for help.