Hello all, longtime reader, first time poster. I'm a Virginia Upser and as you all know my state as well as several others were just devasted by Hurricane Isabel. Millions of power outages, home damage etc, you all know the story. I've been around long enough (19 years) to know the company line as far as not paying its employees for time not worked even during the most extreme circumstances. But as much money as UPS spends on other organizations, charities, sponsorships, scholarships, etc, you would think that Corporate would look up at us from Atlanta, and think "Hmmm, our people are without power, some have lost their homes and are in shelters, some have died, everyone has lost their perishable foods, (and the list goes on and on and on) at the very least we could pay them their regular wages so that they don't have to suffer more...After all, we help out a lot of non UPS employees out everyday, even communities in different countries." But no, they choose to save those dollars and add to our suffering. Thank you UPS! I bet we won't see a press release to the media from Corporate exposing their hyprocrisy like when they give millions away to other causes. I know I'll probably get some flack back from some of the other posters on this board, like telling me to get over it or whatever, but when I look outside my home and see 4 trees down , 2 through my garage, one through the roof of my daughters bedroom upstairs, and the other across my neighbor's front yard, not to mention no power for the past week with no end in sight and then to be told by UPS they can't even pay me for the days we were shut down because of the storm, well, I guess I wanted to vent a little bit. And in closing I wanted to add that I'm obviously not in management, or a union member like most of the folks here. I'm just a dad working here trying to survive and raise my kids....I'll just be doing it at a relatives house for the next few months.