So I was forced to join the union after I made my 30 days in September 2012. I filled out the union paperwork, gave it to my supervisor and thought everything was good. Today I looked at my paycheck and I'm being deducted an initiation fee to join a union that I was under the impression I had protection from and membership with dating all the way back to September when I completed my first 30 days. I just did the math and, taking taxes into account, I'm only going to be able to utilize 53% of my paycheck this week. Less than $100. I'm curious how my supervisor's going to respond when I tell him tomorrow that by Wednesday of next week I'll be unable to afford either gas to get to work or food to provide me energy for work. I realize that everybody's gotta go through the initiation fees and union dues but I never expected to be blindsided by retroactive deductions, fees, and what looks like increased taxes since I filed last week (might just be paranoid on the tax thing, though, lol). I can see one of three things happening as a result of this and only one of them is a constructive/positive route of action, catch being that staying... err... productive.... is going to decrease my quality of life either through hunger or lack of mobility. Huh, just realized there isn't really a question here. Maybe I should've blogged it or something... do we have blogs here? Hey! There's a question. Here's another one, I guess: Are union fees deducted once a month or every week?