There are many things FedEx groundcould do to make the ISP model work. So much seems to be reactionaryon their part and interferes with good business decisions. Example.Handful of contractors sue over mis-classification due to controlissues. Ex's response: We'll show you, all single van contractors arefired and we'll set up a system where we control everything you doand make it legal down to what corporation your allowed to have andopening your books to us, who you can hire when to fire, what timeyou pickup a customer withing .1second.
Oversized packagelawsuit brought on by Ex's push to carry larger and heavier packages.Ex's response: Fine, we won't pay you anything for bigger packages,we'll take that away.
The mindset seems to be that we are allindependent business entities yet we are all treated the sameaccording to the lowest common denominator.
Petty example thathappens daily: An independent business entity, small business man,entrepreneur's driver has an accident. Management does not talk tothat entity but bellows over the loud speaker "safety meetingright now" in which they begin to lambaste how contractors musttake safety seriously and now there is going to be some new policywith retributions. The contractors with safe drivers are now lumpedin with the lowest common denominator and must now respond the sameas if it were one of their driver's that wrecked.
FedEx wants independent businessentities but doesn't deal with them on an independent basis but morelike you'd deal with employees.
Ex says were independent buttheir managers treat us like employees. I think that mind set comesfrom the top.
I get around this by not going tomeetings unless it has to do with my money. Over the years I havefound these meetings frustrate my feeling of independence.
Maybe I don't understand the normalcontracting environment. Perhaps if I contracted with an Aerospacecompany It would be the same thing. I don't know.