I know we are in the middle of a contract, but every time I think about our current contract, it puts a sour taste in my mouth and I can't help but wonder, why did we get the shaft? -no part time benefits for 12months/18 months for dependents. -no paid holidays for new people for first 12 months. -top rate for drivers now takes 36 months instead of 24 months. -no COLA in 08 and then there is the pay increases.. they are cut into two halves which costs the average part timer around 200-250$ a year, or full timer probably around 600 a year. from the 97 contract and on when you take inflation into account the average raise for part timers was over a 1$, in this contract it is less than .80 cents a year when you take into account the spit raises. also, the raise in February is not guaranteed. I know it varies from center to center, but in our building hours have been cut. We are doing the same volume we did in 2007 (somedays a little more, some days a little less) and yet we are getting about 15% less time. We have had a flood of new employees because they are dirt cheap since they don't get insurance and most wont since it seems like the majority of new people don't even last more than 12 months. I understand why UPS was satisfied with the agreement, but why the hell did the Teamsters tell us this was a great victory?