This is my first post regarding the union vote. Now that there is a date for the election here are my thoughts and concerns. I have listened to both sides...from fellow drivers both for and against and at the driver meeting. Would I like the 5% back? Who wouldn't? Do I want better communication between drivers and management? Of course. But in all honestly I haven't heard anything from any of the guys who are in favor of a yes vote and nothing in any of the flyers handed out by the Teamsters stating anything specific as to what we would get. Having never been a union driver the first question my wife and I are asking is why the guys who used to be in the union are not working at a union job now? And why are most carriers non-union? I also haven't heard anything about what kind of health benefits would be offered. What about my 401K? I have a small loan on that and will I have to pay the penalty on it once I can't participate? What about seniority? What about stops and miles versus the hourly drivers? Does that change? Nobody has said anything about the areas we run. Will the driver that runs Pa. now have to run the Bronx because that is where he falls on the list? II know I am paying more for my benefits but I have always compared the increases to what it would cost me if I didn't work here. I guess what I'm saying is I know what's here..4 weeks vacation,holidays and personal days,decent equipment. I know what I have..I'm not sure I want to take a chance with a 3rd party bargaining for me.I also don't see drivers running to other carriers for a better deal. Many of us have been here for many years. Do I really care what JS makes? Should we start comparing what the stops and miles guys make versus the hourly guys? I make a good living and have taken care of my family. Is this place perfect? Of course not. I can honestly say the us against them crap is wearing thin and I'll be glad when this is over. What if no agreement is reached during the bargaining? I'm supposed to walk a picket line? Working here is a tough job and now we have all this to worry about. I'm not pro or anti union...I'm pro family..bottom line.