I got out of working in the supermarket and currently at FedEx. One of the reasons I got out was because I felt the union was getting weak. Under the contract, full-timers got better benefits and recognition (which I respect, full-timers work way longer hours and earn it). Only one problem, management uses this as a loop-hole and hires part-time only and never worked with the people at my store to promote. I've seen full-timers (who have been grandfathered in when things were better back in 80's-90's) successfully fired or "Constructively terminated" (being forced to resign so the company knows for a fact they don't have pay for any unemployment). FedEx is also trying to force people out at my station right now but even Fred is more restrained compared to the crap and harassment that went on at my first job. How much better is the union at UPS compared to UFCW local 1262 especially towards part-timers. Yes, I know UPS is not perfect but I chose FedEx any day before Stop & shop. When I was actually at FedEx the HR people explained that both part-time and full-time got the same exact benefits. At Stop & Shop, part-timers were only eligible for "preventive care only" which last I heard was going to be taken away and there is going to be a five year probationary period. An older relative of mine, who used work for Continental Can and than was able get a better job for the State of NY working for on NYC buses, told me to be very careful of "sweetheart unions". He said you should not only do your homework on the company but also how strong the union is.