As far as FedEx is concerned, all of us hourlies are "losers". It's all too obvious that we don't matter, even though what we do gives "them" a reason to exist. When I used to jumpseat a lot, I'd remind our sometimes smug pilots that we are the people who fill their effing plane. I was on my way to MEM one time when the captain and FO started talking about how they would never touch a box, so I gave them a piece of my mind. It started an interesting conversation about the Weasel-in Chief, and how Fred had at one point envisioned a People Express/Southwest Airlines type of FedEx, where if a pilot had to jump-in and help, they'd do it. This was one of the big reasons the pilots decided to stand-up to Smith. The other was scheduling, where Fred wanted a more flexible (sound familiar?) pilot workforce that would save him some money and screw them over on home time and pay. The FAA heavily regulates flying hours, but Fred had it worked out where the schedules would always benefit him, and not the other way around. So the pilots unionized, first through an in-house deal (that failed) and then through ALPA, which has been an enormous success for them. Not only did Uncle Fred bend to their wishes, but they are now the highest-paid commercial pilots in the business. Did FedEx fail? No. Did ALPA "thugs" wrest control of the company into their greasy union hands? Again..no. Over time, the pilots have become buddy-buddy with Fred again, but The Weasel needed to be taught a lesson. Sorry, but the rest of the company looks at us the same way....as the losers. They have a much more lucrative deal than we do, and guess who subsidizes it...the hourlies. As long as we have no union representation, we have no choice but to accept the crap sandwich Fred serves every single year, and like it. What I'd really love to do is serve Fred his own crap sandwich right back to him. As Ricochet1a has pointed-out here numerous times, FedEx absolutely can afford to pay us UPS-style wages. Please do not believe the sob story about how FedEx is teetering on the edge of collapse...it isn't. How many times have you heard over the years how "shaky" the Express market is, or that we are "weak" Internationally now or "flat" domestically. The cash register is still full, and it's getting fuller as our wallets get thinner. We are the extra profit margin for Fred via the screwjob we've been getting. SIGN THE CARD, and spread the word that WE are screwing ourselves every time we passively accept that tasty crap sandwich. Let's stop being losers, tie that effing weasel to his desk, and spoon-feed his lying ass a big heaping bowl of the steaming feces he has been serving us for seemingly forever. It is totally possible if we start to actually fight this rat bastard by playing his way..with power. We've given it all over to him, and it's high time we take it back. Mr Hoffa. Yes, we are talking to you. Please get off your ass and actually show the world that you are a "leader" instead of the passive pansy you have become. If you want a strong Teamsters Union, then actually DO something about organizing FedEx. You seem absolutely flaccid these days, as union power continues to fade into nothingness. If you want our membership and dues, you need to prove that the IBT is worthy. Every time you welch on a deal to support workers, or run away like a coward, you feed the FedEx anti-union machine, which exploits your ineptitude at every opportunity. You are Fred's biggest supporter, and you don't even know you're doing it. That's pathetic, and your organization needs to change the way it operates. Provide us legal support, and get some reps out to FedEx parking lots and facilities. You obviously have failed in Washington DC, so go back to the streets and start operating like you actually want to make a difference by attracting workers to the IBT. You have continually failed us as well. At least start acting like you're going to do something while you wait for your Viagra to kick-in. The only way we win is if you do your part, and right now that isn't happening. Watch the cards start flowing-in once you take some meaningful action...NOW.