This October is going to be a really interesting pay raise for the company. You have UPS getting a deal done for an almost $50/hr top out… at the same time FedEx is trying to dismantle Express in favor of low wage, no benefits, contractor labor. You hear a lot of apologists say Express isn’t going anywhere. Just select markets. Business as usual. Well it’s going to be obvious after October what the real plan is. They know employee morale is lower than ever before. They see the constant panic on social media. They know the rumors. If we’re given a crappy 2%-3% junk raise in the face of looming layoffs and competitor flexing, it’s going to really spell the end for Express. If they give us a solid step raise, maybe they actually do have a plan. The investment they make in us this October is going to speak louder than any BS an ops manager thinks we’re dumb enough to believe.