If you want an eye-opener, talk with either a FedEx Freight or National LTL driver the next time you see one at a loading dock. Not only do they top-out in 3 years, but their initial scale is much higher than ours. Yes, they have a CDL-A, but so do Express RTD's, and our RTD's get screwed the same way couriers do. There's only one reason for this, and that's the fact that both Freight and LTL are under the NLRA. FedEx knows that both would have already gone union if they'd tried to impose the low starting pay and 20-year pay progression scale present at Express. Ever wonder why Fred Smith has spent so much money trying to preserve the RLA? Here's your main answer. The only reason FedEx gets away with all of this is the RLA classification, and as long as there is no ability to unionize Fred will continue to take full advantage of us at every opportunity. Apologists, please defend and rationalize this outrage in order to serve the needs of your Lord and Master. I'm guessing you'd prefer to be under the 20 year plan.