All good points and I can't say I disagree with any of them....except that some don't take every Friday, just the Friday's during the winter when the temp is above 70!! I think we all agree with the philosophy that people "should" come first. Agreed, when drivers are sitting, days off without pay should be granted...but, with the road (especially at hubs), enough drivers have to be kept on hold to make sure there's enough to cover the PM volume. Just because four drivers are sitting at home on the AM doesn't mean four can have the day off, with or without pay. Agreed again, freight flow specialist and hub planners are good at what they do, no doubt, but there's always freight that's unpredictable which causes overflow/extra runs. At hubs, we also have to account for runs called against us from the other end. My guess is drivers being denied days off without pay and forcing other drivers off without pay is rare and the exception. Not my theory but rather my opinion...and it forces drivers to decide on whether or not they want to burn their vacation during the slow months or use it for when they bid vacation later in the year. For your "key point", I can only speak for our center and this past year it actually effected more drivers than you may realize. It was a very rare occurrence for a driver to get a day off without pay last year which lead to quite a few drivers not having enough vacaction days to cover their bid vacations later in the year (Oct-Dec) which resulted in drivers having to give up their bid vacations due to lack of time available which allowed junior drivers who were on standby for said week to slide in and get the week off....those same junior drivers that sat at home during the winter months. NOTE: Please realize I'm not for or against this policy, just playing devils advocate for conversation. Personally, I usually keep enough vacaction time banked to cover any day I may want to take.