I know this might be a pipe dream, but this is what I proposed to my center manager after he handed me a sales lead card. I told him every one from Eskew on down to the pt or maybe just the ft should take a 5 to 10% wage decrease and earmark the monies for shipping rate reductions or no rate hike. I hate having to go with my tail between my legs and give the cd(rate hike) to my shippers. For once i would like to say to them because of all (mgt and hourlys) sacrafice there will be no rate hike or maybe even just a slight decrease in rates. This could generate a lot of new bus. Yes ups is making a profit as of now, but lets be pro active. Were like the mom and pop store, we have service but not the price. Thats how walmart killed its competion by price and very little service. Im not saying abandoned service, but if we were to get price and service we would kill the comp. We must never forget most of us would have a lot less if it werent for ups. By no means is ups perfect. Id rather make a few dollars less an hr than go to somewhere else and make basically nothing. The down side is this could result in a major price war in which were at a disadvantage or predatory pricing.