While travelling I saw a lot of FDX trucks. Custom critical, freight, ground and express. I also noticed that many union carriers were no longer present. It would seem to me that fedex is becoming like the walmart of trucking in that they are the non union and cheap. Many union trucking companies are being replaced by fdx. If I were a teamster working in the trucking industry I would be bugging the hell out of my BA and any other teamster officials I know about what is going on. You can bet that all the union carriers that went out of business are hurting your health welfare and pension payments. There are many dollars no longer going into the funds and a lot more coming out. If the trend continues I would venture a guess that just about all teamsters health welfare and pension benefits will be in jeopardy. UPS is slowly becoming the only cash cow to be milked and there is not enough in ups coffers to make up for all of the lost contributions. FDX is a threat to your future benefits no matter what teamster represented company you work for. It is your future retirement that is being put into jeopardy. If it were my health, welfare and pension future I sure as hell would want some answers as to what the union was doing to stop the bleeding other than milking cash cows because the herd is growing thin. Based on how the teamster fund has been mismanaged in the past I would want answers to questions about how it is doing now and how they intend to make the payouts necessary in the future without enough cows to milk. In addition I would want some answers about what your teamster organizing team is up to regarding FDX and other non union carriers that are taking away health welfare and pension dollars and jobs. I would want to know how they are going to cover growing retirement pensioneers with declining funds. I think I would be demanding some answers now and not when your benefits are being cut or non existant. I am not trying to be chicken little. These are some thoughts that kept re ocurring to me while travelling. How many small business owners have been shut down because they couldnt compete with the Walmart giant. I wonder if the same thing is not happening in the transportation industry. Some food for thought.