i am a preloader that started around september 20 of this past year. i believe i was told that it is 30 days to be a member of the union but i know there is a seniority freeze around the holidays. i haven't received any thing from the union yet and was wondering when i would actually be a member of the union ( i have been getting dues taking out of my check i believe monthly). a follow up question is about sick/vacation time. since i started at the end of september am i eligible to take a week of vacation between september and december of this year? or do i have to wait until the next calendar year. thanks to anyone who can help me out.