Maybe not directly, but Fred has most definitely stepped-up monitoring of this site. Why do you suppose that is? My guess is that his minions give him a regular report on what people are saying here, mainly because it nicely captures the essence of employee opinion at Express. My take is that the "September Surprise" is the result of a lawsuit that FedEx has lost, or is about to lose. The fact that management seems incapable of adequately explaining the new policies points to a quick "fix' that might plug the hole in the dam...at least temporarily. The problem is that the dam looks like it's made of Swiss Cheese these days, and Fred only has 10 fingers (or is it 11?). Employee discontent is so widespread and growing that Memphis must be finally figuring-out that their "solutions" aren't working very well. Consider the fact that many first-line managers actually sympathize with employees these days, and openly express disdain for the newest batch of stupid policies, especially those that pertain to pay. It must be incredibly frustrating to have worked for FedEx for 5 years or so, and then see some worthless newbie make within a few cents of what you are paid. Especially if you are the one that bails them out every day when they cannot do the job. Consider the plight of vantexan, a long-time contributor on BC. Here's a guy that has always done right by the company by being a 110% courier. He leaves the company and later returns, only to have to start all over again from Ground Zero, despite many years of faithful service and experience. At most union companies, you retain your seniority if you leave, and return at the going rate of pay. That only makes sense, both for the employee and the company. Excellent couriers are very hard to find these days. What other company has what is essentially a 20-year top-out period? None that I know of. This is such a scam on so many levels, but now it's coming around to bite them in the ass because it isn't taking new employees very long to decide that staying with a company with no retirement and no long-term incentives isn't a good deal. How much retirement savings can you sock away on $40,000 per year? On one hand, it's sad to watch what used to be a great company swirl around the toilet bowl as it spirals down into the sewer. But on the other, it's gratifying to see our upper management repudiated and disrespected for the way they do business. Fred can buy all the electric vans he wants, or move Flipper or pandas to new homes every day...it isn't working any more. Neither is the concept of being a "team", which has been an utterly ridiculous notion for at least the past 20 years. Keep it up, Fred, because the entertainment value of watching you squirm is better than sex with a supermodel on top of a new Ferrari. You suck like a lamprey, and your empire is crumbling beneath your feet. Just look in the mirror if you need to place the blame.