Every year I get my annual review the bennies are included as total compensation. All the years I worked for the guberment was the same thing. Bennies cost money any way you look at it. Consider if the company you work for dropped your health ins, how long would you stay there? If 1 employer is offering $30.00 and hour and a 2nd is offering $27.00. Plus ins. which one you going to be better off with?.........Still, 111K plus bennies a yr for a cook on a boat ain’t nothing to sneeze at! The concept of the union is a good idea in theory but it’s a concept to easily ( and to often ) abused!