Hi, my name is "Ike", and I have been a FedEx Ground driver for 2 years. The pay is lousy and there are no benefits, but it's the best I can do right now because there aren't very many jobs out there. I make a flat $650 per week, and when I started this job I was told it would be about 40 hours per week. I quickly found out it was more like 60 hours per week, and sometiimes it's more than that because when I'm extra heavy on deliveries my day is sometimes 15 hours long. I've been told that's illegal, but my contractor told me to keep my mouth shut and just finish off the clock or he'd find someone else to do my job. I got the message real quick. My truck has a lot of problems, but my contractor tells me not to mention them on my vehicle inspection report because he doesn't want to pay for expensive repairs. My stepvan is about 25 years old, and I know it is as old as RPS because there are still old RPS stickers on the inside. It pulls badly when braking and I smell exhaust fumes inside all the time but I'm afraid to write any problems up because I could lose my job. My handbrake won't hold all the way on hills, so I either park and walk up or turn the wheels into the curb and hope for the best. I bring a piece of 4x4 with me to use as a wheel chock. My family and I barely get by, and with no benefits we have no choice but to go to the emergency room whenever any of us get sick. My son had pneumonia last year, and the bills came to over $50,000 because he had to be hospitalized for a week. We get calls and letters from collection agencies every day, but we will never be able to pay. We buy a lot of unhealthy food because that's all we can afford. I have applied for food stamps, but have not heard back yet. A lot of times my kids go to bed hungry and that really tears me up inside. I have a 30 year-old car that gets me to work and back, but I can't afford to insure it and I hope that it keeps running because I can't afford to repair it. A few months ago I rear-ended someone in a parking lot and I just took off because I didn't want to get in trouble for not having car insurance. At the terminal, my contractor is almost never there. All of the managers work for FedEx and they're always running around telling us what to do and to work faster and get out of the building sooner. I thought I worked for my contractor, but it really seems like I work for FedEx. I've seen my contractors car at the local golf course a lot as I drive out to my route and I wonder why he is never at the terminal. We seem to be a lot busier lately, and my contractor seems really happy. The FedEx managers keep telling us to work faster and do more, even though I don't think it's safe to have to drive that fast all the time.