My son was a member of the labor union for about 4 months before he passed away in a non work related automobile accident. The union listed a $10000 death benefit in thier literature my son recieved when he joined. I recieved a $200 check for his death benefit from the union shortly after he died along with a form to sign stating that I accepted the check as payment in full. I called and spoke to a representative who informed me my son was not entitled to the full amount because he was not 'vested'. I never cashed the check because I wanted to research the law regarding what my son was or was not entitled to at a later date when I was less emotional. It has been over a year since the check was issued and the union called and asked me to please cash it so they could close their books.