It's August, 1997. You get that call from your Steward that you are on strike. Your Center Manager also follows up with a call & verifies it's true & he'll be in contact. Of course you don't answer his call, you let your answering machine take it because you're sick to your guts on what it all means and what happens now. You start to wonder about your vacations in the fall, if you'll get those if it's really your last day at UPS. You think, If an agreement is reached will all my vacation be used as time off during the stoppage. You don't know... you think about the bills you have and if your nut snip in September needs rescheduled or canceled, same with your kids dental appointments. A wave of anxiety rushes over you. You think, where can I find another job pronto that pays as well with those kind of benefits. You start thinking about Al Bundy selling shoes on Married with Children. Family starts calling, because it's all over the news. Spouse is nervous. Everything's a mess. It's like that one past love of your life you had plans spending eternity with tells you she just wants to be friends & still loves you but only like a brother. You picket Day after Day in shifts. Bosses you knew as good guys are suddenly ISIS and they feel the same way about you. Public gets wind of what UPS employees make and there's loud F--- U's being rained down on you from chip drivers making half the money you make. Loyal customers that own their business shoot you the bird because they had critical documents or parts that are now stuck & backed up in the UPS system. Finally you win, company agrees and you celebrate the victory. You come back to work and slowly you realize they're not going to honor jack s*! In fact, they are going to make it even harder on you and THEY DO!!! Boy do they. Just ask any long-tooth hourly who worked at UPS in the 80's thru 96 compared to today. Company is very vindictive. They will never forget. It will haunt you the rest of your career. Anyways, Happy Saturday! Enjoy your weekend.