My center manager informs me that a full-time Air run to Oakland and back starting at 1:00am which currently pays ground rate and has for 20 years, will be bid at the Article 40 rate this time around. This is an approximate $7.00 reduction in pay. As a 25 year driver and air apparent to win the bid I have to grieve this unconscionable deplorable despicable attempt to screw up a great job that an "old timer" can actually perform in the latter years of employment with less physical demands on the body. I even understand why UPS does what it does. But I also know I have paid my dues and have patiently awaited my turn. Has any of you out there have this happen successfully at your center? Article 40 section (9) has language seemingly protecting the current wage. However I am told by my boss "Labor" assures him he will win this in a slam dunk. Past bids have never been Article 40 on this job. It would be a horrible precedent IMO. Any input about this "its all about me" Grievance that could help is very much appreciated.