1st of, if you work in a location with wages that are competitive with other carriers, this thread is not for you. Nothing to see here, unless you just want to look on for the entertainment value. According to Mr.Ducker (President of FXFE), in depth analysis was COMPLETED on the topic of Geographic Pay Differentials (GPD). According to numbers supplied to FedEx, some centers qualify, while others do not. So far so good. We understand all may not qualify. The problem I have, and many others who did not qualify have, is we know for a fact that we are paid less than the vast majority of the competition. We also know that the cost of living in some of our areas also justify a similar wage to the higher GPD locations. I am certainly not going to accuse anyone at FedEx of deception or dishonesty, BUT perhaps, as I suggest, the Company has been misinformed by the very firm used to supply the comparative information, telling FedEx what they think they want to hear. I can't prove motives, but I can prove the fact that the decisions are based on flawed analysis. Case in point. We know that NAS, Hickory, GBO, were bumped up a scale (rightfully so). We know that Charlotte is and has been at that same (higher) scale, for some time. We also know that no South Carolina centers qualified for the adjustment. Going forward we will use Charlotte as a BASELINE, while using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) "Mean hourly wage of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers” to compare. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm While the numbers provide no specific LTL data (LTL is always high end), they do provide the perfect numbers for comparing wages in various locations. The individual number means little. However, how it compares markets, means everything. Mean Hourly Wage Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers. Charlotte 19.22 Nashville 19.95 Hickory 19.04 Greensboro 19.10 This first group is deemed worthy of the $25.08/hour scale. Now lets look at some who did NOT qualify for an adjustment: Columbia 20.09 Florence 19.80 GSP 19.91-19.85 CHS 20.52 The second group? Said to be just fine at $23.68 Do we see the flaw? Do we see fair? Do we see the inconsistency? Just to show the numbers are relevent, let's look at some higher priced locales: Chicago 23.57 Newark 22.62 Reno 22.83 Philadelphia 21.75 I would suggest that FedEx sever their ties with the current firm used to determine these matters.They have FAILED. Or make them provide some actual LTL "company specific" information. At a minimum, an immediate second opinion is in order. It is a shame that I an find accurate information, while the firm hired has not. Clearly, this type of work in NOT within my pay scale (differential) Stay tuned for cost of living comparisons, which combined with the above true facts will further dispel any myth of an in depth analysis determining the adjustments, or lack thereof.