We got a memo today from Dave Bronczek, who heads the Express division. Dated 6-01, it says that the language inserted into the House version of the FAA Reauthorization Act that would change the status of FedEx Express employees is "not in the Senate version of the bill at this time." Perhaps it will be added in the future, but are FedEx lobbying efforts paying off? Where is the language, and when will it be added back into the bill? Here's Bronczek's rationale for FedEx keeping it's exemption. "Unlike our competition, we operate an integrated air/ground network and handle air shipments separately in that network". Doesn't UPS do the same thing? The only distinction is that our Express drivers only deliver air shipments. What Dave doesn't mention is that Ground drivers DO handle air shipments, albeit in the form of tractor-trailer loads. During the past several years, Fred has been steadily shifting Express (air) freight away from Express RTD's to Ground IC's. Wouldn't that make Bronczek's already shaky reasoning even less sound? I truly hope that UPS and the Teamsters can keep their act together long enough to pull this off. Smith has got his fleet of executive jets working overtime trying to influence the way the Senate will vote on the FAA Act. Stop this *********** in his tracks.