I walked out today. I was torn between being honorable and giving a two week notice and just walking. I compromised and tried talking some reason into the contractor and manager, and was summarily denied everything I brought up. I then walked. Being faced with the prospect of 80 DNA packages and more every day after they both showed their true colors and decided to reason with me on things like time off, benefits that had been promised for a year, and several other broken promises. Too little, too late. In fact, another driver walked out as well for similar reasons. Different contractor but he often helped us out. My only fear was adding a huge burden to my coworkers. They simply wished me well. True men, unlike the contractor and manager. I don't know much about the inner workings of contracts between FDX and a company, but the routes owned by this guy have a real chance of collapsing. There are dozens of DNAs, late pickups, no pickups, and several very large businesses that use Ground for outbound shipments daily switching to UPS because the pickups have been late or not at all the last few days. I don't know how accurate it is, but there's even been talk of the contractor being forced to sell all the routes. NOTE TO ALL CONTRACTORS: If you're going to run a route or more, and treat your employees like s***, with low pay, no benefits, and long hours at least have a backup plan in place! This guy may lose everything, or at the very least have much less revenue due to loss of business contracts for outbounds and other accruing errors, not to mention off employees, all because he was too cheap to provide s****y benefits and a couple of unpaid days off for us us drivers this summer to take our families to a water park and call it a vacation. He had no spare driver and was unwilling to drive a single hour in a truck to cover. I hope UPS overtakes all Ground operations and puts these people out of business. I was able to find lucrative work elsewhere, so I consider myself lucky. All of the drivers out there, be safe! All of the fedex contractors, I hope you are forced to reconcile your poor business practices and provide a living wage and some crappy benefits to the people you ride to the top. Later.