Express came out late last week with it pay raise scheme for this March. It boils down to this, if you have less than 11 years or so in your current job classification (below $19.55 for a Courier in market level A), your pay raise will be 3%. That is it. If your pay is between $19.56 and $21.58 - you will get a 5% pay raise. If your pay is between $21.58 and top of range - you'll get a 6% raise. The reason Express is doing this is quite simple - the threat of unionization. Those in the lowest two quartiles of pay tend to be part timers or full timers who are transitioning through Express - they don't tend to agitate for pay raises and aren't a threat for unionization. Express was worried about the mid-range and upper pay quartile enough - worried about them signing union cards - that they kicked them a up the extra 2 or 3%. Given the way it works now, it is more or less de facto policy now that those in the bottom will NEVER top out. You are stuck with your current compensation level (accounting for inflation and the increasing deductions for heath insurance. There was a memo circulated late last week for managers to have meetings with their workgroups (particularily those with a lot of Coutiers and CSAs in the lower two pay quartiles) to have a meeting to "listen to concerns". It will be a bitch and vent session and that is it. If you are still at Express - in the lower half of the pay scheme (less than 11 years) and haven't signed a union representation card - you are (to put it bluntly) an absolute idiot. It doesn't matter what your political orientation is - if you are working for Express and haven't signed a representation card - you deserve the turd sandwich that Fred Smith is going to hand you while insisting it is chocolate mousse pie. I'll post more if it is relevant.