Spoke with the Ground guy in my area and he mentioned that there is a "TOP SECRET" rumor going around his terminal. This rumor was confirmed by a Manager in his building. Currently FedEx is exploring the cost and deployment of buying out ALL contractors and running Ground and H.D. as a legitimate arm of the company. This arm will be operated and managed fully by FedEx and yes the drivers will be FDX EMPLOYEES. From the mouth of this manager, FDX acknowledges that the union will be quick to act so as of right now they are exploring with the union a possible set up, starting back east. Apparently when the dust settles your years in will be the bases of your seniority and the contractors will get severance according to their years in. This driver was quick to say that yes this a huge change of course for Ground and while this manager is very serious, you really never know with FDX. When the driver pushed his manager for more information he was reluctant to say any more, but he did say that the cost of litigation and the ongoing service issues due to a workforce that is not completely under your control is pushing this issue. All I can say is that if this is true, good luck to you guys.