According to several sources, ********* worked as planned and FedEx is winning the war to keep it's RLA exemption. I called the offices of several Senators today but couldn't get anything solid from their staff members. That means that Smith's lobbying dollars are working their black magic(as usual). 2 events lend credence to a successful effort by Fedex. Yesterday, we were notified that there would be no raises until March, 2010, and any pay hike at that time would be contingent upon improving economic conditions. If Smith were truly afraid of losing his exemption, he would have probably offered a higher raise right now to try and keep the Teamsters out. Fredly00 just posted a news story that Smith is negotiating to buy the St. Louis Rams, which would be very bad press if he felt unionization were imminent. After all, unionizing would break Fred's piggybank, right? We are about to perish as a company, but somehow Fred can scrape up the dough to buy another NFL franchise. Hmmmm. Perhaps behaving like ladies and gentlemen on the part of UPS wasn't wise after all. Dealing with vermin like Fred requires strong tactics, yet UPS kept itself restrained. While I admire UPS business ethics and it's honorable approach, you may have just handed Fred another few years of extreme competitive advantage. I sincerely hope I am incorrect on this one.