I've been working in the operating engineers union for the last 35 years, primarily as a crane operator. My son is a UPS driver, he's been with UPS for 12 years, 4 part time, 8 as a package car driver. This is just my own opinion, so that's why I'm posting instead of him. One of the issues he's talked to me about regarding the upcoming contract is the possibility of the company wanting a two tiered wage system. I'm urging all of you to seriously look at this issue, and never let it creep it's way into UPS. Here's why: a two tiered wage structure has historically been the first step in any companies attempt at getting rid of the union. Think about it.... It's the classic divide and conquer strategy. UPS will intentionally create an "us against them" mentality amongst the drivers; full rate drivers versus tier two drivers. It won't happen overnight, but eventually there will be as many tier two drivers as full rate drivers. Dissension amongst the rank and file will be fierce. Then the company will come in and offer to adjust the tier two pay rate to something close to the full rate, provided the union is voted out. Please don't consider any contract language that wants a two tiered wage structure. There are many who came before all of you who work every hard to secure the wages and benefits that you all have. You guys work way too hard, and your job is becoming more demanding every year. It's amazing how hard you all work! Don't go backwards. Don't be fooled by some signing bonus, or a promise to lighten daily workload in exchange for a two tiered wage structure. I've seen it happen I'm the past- don't let UPS become one of those jobs that "used to be a good paying job". Again, just my own opinion.