I read the following article posted by brownshirt in the thread, "A Different Situation" 'Very Different Situation' Struggling unionized LTL carriers post anemic 2Q earnings, eye Teamsters pact The organized, long-haul trucking industry cannot afford the type of lucrative contract increase won by the Teamsters union at $30 billion package giant United Parcel Service, a top LTL chief executive said last week. Yellow Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Bill Zollars said "in many ways the Teamsters know that" the beleaguered unionized sector cannot afford to match the recently agreed upon six-year pact with UPS that guarantees a 22 percent wage boost. A UPS driver, currently earning $23.03 an hour, will earn $28.05 by 2008. Such a wage and benefit boost would cost a unionized freight company with 20,000 Teamsters an additional $60 million annually in labor costs. Unlike UPS, which earned $2.4 billion last year in a down economy, the unionized freight sector is struggling. Last year, ABF Freight System led the Big Four with $79.4 million operating income. Roadway Express earned $30.8 million last year with Yellow Corp. earning $22.7 million and Consolidated Freightways losing $104.3 million. First off, thanks to brownshirt for posting this but my immediate thought after reading this was could UPS have used the Union in a sense to put economic pressure on the various union LTL carriers that would force them to raise rates to meet the possible contract demands of the IBT thus making it possible for UPS to better sell the LTL services and even the UPS Logistics services. Also my understanding is 10k of the 20k jobs will be the Logistics side so could it be possible that maybe Hoffa and the boys have jumped on board with UPS because they see this ship high and dry longterm while the others are starting to sink. I have absolutely no proof whatsoever this is the case but this is what came to mind when I read the above article.