Can someone explain to me why raising the starting wage for NEW Hire part timers is so important? I'm not willing to give up 1 penny to increase the wage for these people. I would be willing to give up something financially to lessen the progression period for part timers after they have proved themselves. My local officials say increasing the starting wage will lead to higher wages for all, but I can't see how that's going to work. Before all you PT's jump on me, remember this is about people not employed by UPS yet, not current workers.