I got brought on in late May/Early June as a casual. Just recently (maybe 2 weeks ago) I "made book" and got entry into the Union. I have asked my super and manager but haven't gotten many answers (perhaps they don't want me to know?) and my shop steward has been on vacation. The super/manager didn't even tell me about the union, I just noticed all of a sudden on my paycheck union dues were being taken after I passed both my on road evaluations. So, I asked a driver and he said I'm unionized now. So my question is now what? What's that mean? Do I now have benefits? Do I now get a pay raise? What does all this mean to me? To give a better idea on what our union agreement might be, I'm in NY. Everyone's explanation on this has been foggy; to a point I get a feeling that the don't want me to fully recognize/use the rights I have earned. Obviously, a talk with the steward is the best idea, but I can't at the moment. Also, other drivers are warning of a lay-off in october, what happens here? how long? Again, when talking to the manager/super they don't really tell me anything. What's up with that?