Given the recent push for productivity, along with a willingness to disregard safety at the expense of more stops per hour, it's time to re-assess how we stack-up with UPS. With every passing day, FedEx is asking for more, and without a commensurate raise in pay. While we generally don't work as hard as UPS drivers do, the gap is closing fast, perhaps by design as FedEx realizes that a union is probably on the horizon. I've been talking with courier friends in other regions, and it's the same everywhere....way over on 195's and push, push, push to cut gap times, improve leave building times and reduce errors. It's always been bad, but it's rapidly becoming Genghis Khan style throughout the land. It's time to fight back people. Play the game, but beat them by using their own policies against them. Request check rides constantly, take your sick days, and do your best to gum-up the operation without calling attention to yourself. It's easy to do...and they deserve some payback. Be smart.