A week or so ago I was accused of being an "Uncle Rico", the loser uncle character in "Napoleon Dynamite" who is still stuck in his 80's high school past as star quarterback of the football team. I was told I'm looking for the Federal Express "of the past", or words to that effect. Sorry, but I disagree with that assessment. While Federal Express circa the 80's was a much better company than today's pathetic organization, I'm not the one stuck in the 80's... Mr. Smith is. I'd like to be paid wages that make sense today, not pay that is commensurate with 1985. I'd also like decent benefits that have kept up with the times...guess that isn't happening either, is it? My pay was around $15 per hour in 1985, about the same as a new hire in most markets today. Gee, has the cost of living gone-up in the last 28 years? Why, I believe that it has, but Fred still thinks $15 per hour is a good wage, and so do folks like bbsam, who pay less than that, with no benefits whatsoever. Perhaps they are actually back in the 70's with Richie, Potsy, Ralph, and The Fonz, since that type of pay corresponds with a competitive wage almost 40 years ago, if you figure-in the fact that Ground drivers get zero in compensation besides their puny wage. So, no. I don't want to live in my van and take videos of myself delivering Zapmail ala' Uncle Rico, and I don't revel in a "glorious past" of Federal Express, because it really wasn't all that great anyway. But I do want to be paid a living wage in 2013, and I want my coworkers to have a rate of pay that corresponds to the amount of risk and effort they undertake in their jobs. Remember, Fred also wants higher rates of productivity than we had back in the 80's too, but he doesn't want to pay for it. The Express courier has never been more productive OR more underpaid. Perhaps bbsam and the others who want to live in the past can get there through pretending they are back in the 1930's, when workers had finally had enough shat, and fought-back...hard. But we can't have that, right? Hoffa is such wuss that he'd never have the cajones to support workers like a true union leader.