Let me start of by saying that this is the worst company I have ever worked for. I couldn't even last a year at this corrupt organization. I finally quit this place and brother am I glad I did. The sense of relief I felt after I quit is indescribable. The job of a courier is an important career. Traveling with time sensitive materials that people pay big bucks for is a noble profession. $17 an hour is pay for this type of work. Traffic coordinators for the city make close to $22 where I live. Holding a stop sign versus driving frantically all day to make commitment times is a no brainer. Drivers need to be compensated fairly for all their hard work. My question to you long timers and FedEx lifers is why wouldn't you ever push for a union? I know of a myriad of drivers at my location who actually work through their lunch break as management turns a blind eye to the situation. Since the inception of FedEx, has there ever been a teamsters member pushing for the couriers to unionize? I have worked for a union while employed for a municipality and they absolutely made every aspects of our job easier. I felt physically safe and relaxed at work 99% of the time. We could not enter backyards with big dogs and could skip meters when we had a bad feeling about a backyard. We also had a manageable work day. FedEx squeezes every last drip of sweat from their drivers and the expectations just increase day by day. Safety here is an absolute joke. There are older package handlers on the belts are left all alone and are lifting 75 lb boxes consistently. I see them struggling as they lift as they look extremely uncomfortable. The safety guy is never anywhere to be found at night analyzing the workers form and workload either. I've had a situation where I asked for a dolly understanding my pickups at times could get heavy and was told they would work on getting me one. I get an oncall and the description states 2 packages for 215 pounds! I call dispatch and tell them I do not have the proper resources to pick up these packages. They tell me to find a way to get them in the truck. They even told me to ask a neighboring business or other able body to help and give me a lift. Not only is this unprofessional, its also humiliating to the driver. A dolly is not a luxury for a courier, its a necessity. A union would absolutely solve the before mentioned problems My heart aches for all of you FedEx lifers and old timers. From my understanding, the company did not always operate in this unethical fashion. There were times when the company did value its workers and managed their workload better. I would encourage everyone here to pursue another opportunity elsewhere when they arise. No one should be subjected to the bull that is taking place at FedEx. If there is one message I have for Mr. Fred Smith it is "you reap what you sow." Understand that treating your employees like dogs will lead to decreased customer satisfaction, increased turnover and training costs, loss of any goodwill, bad brand image, increase in damaged packages, bad morale. Let me know if I left anything off this thread. God Bless all of you FedEx employees. I hope that things change for the better for you all.