As part of the signing of the new collective bargaining agreement at West Point, Pennsylvania a couple of months back (early May, actually), Merck agreed to pay signing bonuses, upon ratification.
The ratification had long-since occurred, and so — as of last Friday, July 1, 2016 — all members should have seen a deposit advice for their signing bonus, thus:
. . . .Finally (not that anyone has been asking), we’ve been told the signing bonus SHOULD be in this Friday’s (July 1st) paycheck. It will arrive as a second deposit/check in your account. . . .
Now you know — and G’mornin’ — on a Sunday completely bubbling with perfect new baby life, and so much more. . . we are truly blessed — lucky to be alive here and now. . . smiling widely.