Thanks to wage stagnation and extended top-out times, most FedEx couriers are on the verge of exiting the middle class. Let's say you're a new courier making $15.00 per hour. That's $600 per week, $2400 per month, and $28,800 per year. At current rates, it could take you 20 years to reach top of the range, which for the sake of argument, let's say is $24.00 per hour, which is $960 per week, $3840 per month, and $46,080 per year. A UPS driver tops-out in 3 years, and averages $74,000 per year in wages alone. If you add-in benefits, which include a for-real retirement plan, I'm guessing average compensation approaches $100,000 per year. Any of you at Brown have different numbers? Compare and contrast that with FedEx, even if you throw-in massive amounts of overtime, and our numbers never even come close. And in most stations, there isn't that much OT anymore, especially since there are so many part-timers (by design). These numbers are the real reason Fred Smith wants to keep his RLA exemption. When he can pay a new courier about a third of a UPS wage and benefit package, and a topped-out veteran one-half the UPS wage and benefit package, he's got a tremendous advantage over the competition, not to mention a stranglehold on his workers that keep them perpetually underpaid and well behind the inflation and cost-of-living curves. Where does all that extra money go? In Fred's (and the pilots) pockets. This is why Smith needs to be stopped dead in his tracks. The longer he gets away with it, the further behind we get. Please don't be stupid. Do the math and know how badly this tyrant is screwing you and your family each and every day.