The union is founded on the idea that it's members are willing to believe exactly as you do. I'm just saying that hasn't always been the experience. If the union is hostile or antaganostic, it will leave money on the table. The thing about the unions, they don't know the cards that the other side is holding. To assure they collect their dues, they ALWAYS say they got the best deal. But they rarely have...AND NEVER know what the other sides best offer was/is. And kudos on the stipend. Maybe you could have gotten it by yourself if you had asked?