Hey Andy, K hall and Jr. Thanks for saving our healthcare by allowing us to maintain our benefits in exchange for increases to our pension. Someone has to pay for it and I understand we can’t keep on expecting UPS to cover the rising cost of healthcare. Besides, I’m gonna live forever, never get injured and never retire. And if I do retire, well thanks to you, retirees can now pay more and keep their benefits as well! All on a presumably fixed income! And five years coverage for my family if I die?! Sweeeeet! Can’t wait to collect on that bene! Mail me my ballot now!! The right ballot, to the correct address and please don't give me more than a few days to go over the fine print. Thanks also, for not answering any of my questions on that conference call yesterday, or allowing me to complete my voice message at the end. When I’m not heard I feel validated and secure in knowing I’ve been adequately kept in my place. I mean, we teamsters have to be realistic, we can’t expect ever increasing pay and benefits forever. Nor can we expect true representation or a voice in exchange for our hard earned dollars. Just because we say no, don’t think we mean it….and you probably know what’s better for us in the long term anyways. But just in case you don’t know: I deserve better than the best. My beautiful family deserves better than the best. We all do. Teamsters, Look around you wherever you work, how many of your coworkers have dealt with on the job injuries, or have repetitive, chronic, overuse injuries? How many injuries have you yourself dealt with? How might those injuries affect your quality of life going forward? How many years have you put in and how much longer do you have to go? Have you ever considered the cost of diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating those injuries? UPS has, right down to the parcel pinching penny and that’s why they want out of the healthcare business. Good luck to you of course. Finally Andy thanks also for reminding me of how much I have to be grateful for. Just in time for Thanksgiving too. I know we have it so much better out West than in other regions. I am grateful we’ve had the good fortune to seemingly side step some of the issues that have derailed the pension and security of so many other regions. But this gratitude is not enough of a reason to accept what amounts to a reduction in benefits when UPS has made record profit year after year during the worst economic recession we’ve seen in our lifetime. For decades now we’ve been programmed to expect less and less. Think social security, healthcare, college education, gas prices, food prices; everything gets passed on to the consumer/worker, everything except increases to wages and benefits. I think the time is right to do a little reprogramming; we Teamsters in the West and 177 are in a unique position to shepherd in a change of expectations for the worker and middle income earner. It begins by voting NO on Andy’s rewrite and sending the message to the negotiators of both sides that: It’s time to affect a more equitable division of the profit pie. It’s time that working Teamsters expect a more equitable division of the profit pie. And until our elected officials(US) enact real legislation to control big pharma and insurance, corporations (like UPS) are going to have to EXPECT to absorb the increase in healthcare expenses as a cost of doing business and maintaining a happy, healthy and extremely competent workforce. It takes courage, patience, solidarity and conviction to affect real change in our world, but here is yet another opportunity to take a shot across the bow. You have earned the right to take a shot. If you share the sentiment I have expressed in this piece, then share it with your coworkers and encourage a NO Vote. We deserve better than the best.