I find it interesting that for at least 13 yrs (my seniority date is '99) new hires starting wage in Ca (Richmond/Northbay hub) has stayed at $8.85 per hr. EVEN THOUGH California's minimum wage has been raised a FEW times during this same time period. Our new hires are barely making more than minimum wage for BACKBREAKING work (loading/unloading). A starting wage of $8.85 an hour in Richmond, Ca in 2012 does NOT sound like a union wage to me. However, as long as UPS keeps shafting our new hires with regards to pay, I'm GUARANTEED ot because of the ridiculous turnover! Those poor folks barely take home $100.00 a week after taxes and union initiation fees/dues. Am I the only person who has noticed this??