Some of these numbers are just to make a point so they may be off a bit. If a part timer hired in 2010 gets the twice yearly raise of about .37 for half the year and then another .37 for the other half, that basically means the yearly raise for that employee works out to about .56 cents per hour (.37 + .75 / 2) .56 x 4(hours) x 5(days) x 4(weeks) = $45.00 extra each month. However union dues are about $45.00 each month and this doesnt include the intiation fee. The union fighting to get new-hires a pay raise just ends up having that raise get sent to the union in fees. Obviously after a few years the pay raises start to add up for the employee but a few years or less in pay raises seems like a revolving door. Now the benefits that go along with the union membership may offset this but after how long do members become eligible for them? Seems to me that employees that stay with the company for a few year or less wont see much if any benefit to their pay raises.