I've been thinking about this, and for me at least, I work a lot harder than I used to...for less. I've slacked-off in my effort, but in terms of productivity, FedEx gets a lot more out of most of us than they ever have before. So, we should be making more, right, because we actually move more packages than in the past? Wrong, because according to Fred, even though you do more work, you need to be paid less because we are in a new economy and FedEx Express is undergoing a systemic change. Fine, so that must mean that management and the pilots should also be making less because we're all part of the same opco, right? Wrong. According to Fred, they should be making more even though their poor management has created an opco that is a total mess. Even with the huge advantages of the RLA and an underpaid non-union workforce, they still can't function coherently. Our management team is a huge underperformer, and they have been terrible for years. In fact, they get more incompetent with every passing year. We're kind of like an NFL team that always gets the last draft picks every single year. Just look at MT3....I rest my case. Our pilots do less work in the cockpit than ever because modern avionics actually operate the plane most of the time, with the pilots increasingly there to monitor systems rather than actually fly. In fact, ALPA has complained that the newest generation of pilots lack some of flying abilities of the current generation because the aircraft does most of the work and the pilots don't get a chance to hone their skills. Less productive and competent pilots means they should be paid less, right? Wrong. The only workgroup that has suffered from overall wage erosion and decline is the hourlies, who get hit twice as hard because benefit costs are going up and actual benefits realized by the hourly are going down. So, even though we "produce" more than we did in say, 1994, we are still moving backwards every year in terms of our overall compensation. If you figure-in reduced hours with our glacial wage progression, then combine it with expensive, low-quality benefits, Fred is really slamming us. This is why you should never make any real effort to be "productive" any longer for FedEx because no matter how hard you work, or how fast you are, none of the benefits of that effort will ever reach you. The extra revenue you produce will be utilized to pay the only people who matter more money...management and pilots. You won't top-out any faster (which is never, anyway) and there is no longer any merit system (review) in place which rewards those willing to work harder. My conclusion. Do as little as possible. FedEx claims to be a merit-based company, but is actually nothing but an upscale sweatshop.