Management has been directed to use the term "industry standard", as in FedEx is now making efforts to conform to the standards of the package transportation industry. The company uses it in informational venues like Frontline and UpClose and recently used it as the rationale for eliminating the performance review. Great. So please answer these simple questions, OK? First, is it the industry standard to take 12 years to become a mid-range employee? Is it the industry standard to not have a retirement plan? Or is it the industry standard to spend hundreds of millions preventing unionization? And is it the industry standard to lobby Congress to exempt your pilots from safety standards imposed upon passenger airline pilots? The accepted industry standard in the small package business is United Parcel Service. We conform only on the last issue, where UPS also exempted it's pilots from the newly imposed off-duty hours ruling. Overall, we don't conform, but FedEx would like you to believe that we do. This is a concerted effort from the Memphis Unimind to convince employees that they are getting a good compensation package, when they are, in fact, not getting much of anything. Most employees don't know enough about the Transportation sector to have an informed opinion. If you choose to believe MT3, we are an "airline", when, in fact, FedEx is a systems integrator...just like UPS. We are not an airline, but an airline is a component of the business. Compare FedEx to other modes in the transporation business. Trucking companies,shipping lines. railroads, and most airlines pay better than FedEx and allow their employees to reach top range within a relatively short period of time. Most union companies I am familiar with take 3-5 years, while some of the airlines have an "A" and "B" scale similar to FedEx. None of them take as long to achieve parity as FedEx Express. So, please realize the industry standard jargon for what it is...sloganeering and false imagery. We are nowhere close to "industry standard" unless you also include the retail sector and the great god of all that is anti-union and anti-worker...WalMart.