Your benefits take effect on your first day of employment with the exception of supplemental benefits (dental, hearing, prescription, vision) and State Paid Life Insurance. The Supplemental benefits will apply after a six month waiting period. State Paid Life Insurance will take effect after a three month waiting period.
During the first six months of employment medical coverage is offered to the employee only. If dependents need to be added during the first six months of employment an additional fee will apply.
Once the waiting period is over the dependent buy up will drop and supplemental benefits will be added at no additional cost.
Legally you have 30 days, however making decisions after your first 7 to 10 days of employment may result in additional deductions on your second paycheck to catch up the deductions owed but not taken from your first pay.
Full-fledged members contribute a percentage of their salary towards union dues.
If you choose not to be a full-fledged member you will then be considered a fair share member. Fair Share members pay a percentage but lower than the full-fledged members.