Some of the biggest companies in the United States have been firing workers and in some cases lobbying for rules that depress wages at the very time that jobs are needed, pay is low and the federal budget suffers from a lack of revenue.
Federal Express spent $25 million lobbying to protect a rule that makes it virtually impossible for its express delivery workers to unionize. That's 67 percent of what it paid in taxes.
FedEx says it was "educating lawmakers" about a proposal "that would cripple competition in the express delivery industry and hinder our nation's future economic success."
The Teamsters, who represent drivers at United Parcel Service, say FedEx was protecting a special interest rule that shorts workers. UPS pays its unionized drivers 53 percent to 104 percent more per hour than FedEx does.
A U.P.S parcel driver total scale $33 an hour for labor, plus they also get $9 an hour for the pension plan and last $7 an hour for health and welfare, so when they retired, they have medical retirement.
Add all together, is $49 an hour…
A FedEx courier driver total scale $24 an hour for labor, plus 31 cent an hour for the pension plan and last no medical retirement when they retired.
Add all together, is $24.31 an hour… minus 3% .81 cent an hour for your contribution to 401k=$23.50