Recently, we had a manager return to work after a serious operation...barely within 90 days. When I saw this person for the first time upon their return, they were still visibly ill. In fact, ill to the point of being barely able to function. Later that day, I stepped into their office and asked point-blank "how are you really doing"? Immediately, the manager broke down and said that the only way they were even making it through the day was with intense pain meds, which made it hard to concentrate on even the easy stuff. This person had literally been in bed constantly up until their 90-day limit was up, and clearly in no shape to return to work. Here's the point. How many co-workers have you seen in the same situation? I have seen lots, and many do end-up getting displaced because what they have is impossible to correct in 90 days or less. FedEx doesn't care, and that's why you shouldn't care about FedEx. Let's say you're a stellar 15-year employee who has always been Purple, seldom called-in sick, and always done a great job for Fred. One day, you're walking from your truck during a delivery and you slip on the ice and tear up your knee. It's pretty bad, and you need an operation. First, it's your fault, which is a given. Second, it takes a couple of weeks before surgery is approved and then the doctor says you have a 3-month rehabilitation period, during which time you have significant lifting and movement restrictions. No problem, you're in good shape and you can do it in less than 90 days. Wait a second. In physical therapy, you aren't responding as quickly as you should, and the pain is really bad. You go back to the doctor and they say that they need to go back-in and clean-up some scar tissue that got missed. Now, you're at 50 days and counting. There's no way you'll be back within 90 days. So, you call your manager and tell them your situation. "Sorry", says the manager, but you need to be back at full-duty status within 90 days or you are displaced. Now, the reality is starting to sink-in. You are going to be displaced. You are finally cleared back to full-duty status 110 days after your injury, but there aren't any jobs available in the local area. The nearest courier job is 2 states away and is a swing position in a place you have never been. Besides, you can't afford to sell your home and disrupt your family, so you can't take the position. The clock is ticking, and nothing opens up locally. You are gone. I have seen this happen to a lot of people, Most of them were FedEx "believers", who thought the company was there for them. Well...they aren't, and this can happen to anyone at any time. If you ever think that you are anything more than an employee number to FedEx, please consult a psychiatrist immediately so you can get on the proper medications. All of us at the hourly level are completely disposable at any time, especially if you get sick or injured. Most companies give employees at least 180 days in which to recover, and then have return-to-work options that aren't available at FedEx, such as TRW programs. Oh, that's right, FedEx did away with TRW. Why was that? Because it speeds-up the time it takes to get rid of you, and having you be a CSA for a few weeks isn't "productive" enough to justify doing it. With TRW, you would have had the extra days to get back because it extends the 90-day window...that's why it no longer exists. Statistically, older employees are injured and/or sick more often, and this is greasing the skids to get them out the door. If you still want to think that FedEx cares, go ahead and delude yourself. This is just one of the reasons FedEx is such an unethical organization. Fred has worked for years to create a system where the employees are completely at the mercy of the company, and he has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. And FedEx has no mercy, except for PR campaigns where they support ORBIS, pandas, or other giving and/or charitable organizations. But when it comes to their own, there is no mercy or pity...just callous disregard. FedEx deserves Zero Loyalty, because that what they give you. Mr. Smith only wants you when you are healthy and making him money. As soon as that cash flow stops, you are red-flagged for elimination. Thanks, Fred.