Abusing Part-Timers.....Again

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MrFedEx, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Ever notice how there are progressively fewer and fewer full-time openings? If a FT person leaves, they get replaced with 2 PT people. Wasn't this a big part of the 1997 UPS strike and didn't they also force the company to upgrade PT employees instead of perpetually abusing them? This is happening to CSA's, couriers, and RTD's at Express. If you want to work for FedEx Express, you'd better have a second career.

    If you want to stay PT...fine. But if you don't, FedEx has an obligation to keep FT slots FULL-TIME...but they won't honor that obligation, will they?

    Just another reason to have a UNION CONTRACT that prohibits this type of BS.
     
  2. quadro

    quadro New Member

    The UPS strike was about the pension fund. The part-time/full-time jobs issue might have come up but it was mostly about the pension fund. The problem today is that the decline in volume and stops at FedEx means that when a full-timer leaves, sometimes the best solution is to replace with a pt employee. Unfortunate but keep in mind, it's not always 2 pt people that replace the full-timer. When a pt employee replaces a ft employee, often that means shifting some work to the existing ft employees thus keeping them busy and employed. I'd rather my manager look out for existing ft employees rather than adding another mouth to feed, so to speak.

    And FedEx has no such obligation to keep ft slots ft. Also, don't pt UPS employees get less pay and benefits than ft UPS employees? And what's the average time it takes a UPS pt employee to get full time compared to a pt FedEx employee? If you don't know those answers, you might be somewhat surprised. But then that's what a contract gets you.
     
  3. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    FedEx has no legal obligation to keep FT slots open, but don't they have an ethical option under PSP? After all, PEOPLE are the absolutely, positively most important part of this company. You don't know that? Instead of being Smith's apologist, why not face the fact that he's doing exactly as he effing pleases, and part of his master plan is to get rid of as many full-timers (especially those over 40) as he possibly can.
    Please remove your head from that dark place where the sun doesn't shine.
     
  4. quadro

    quadro New Member

    I forgot that you like the ad hominem arguments. :wink2: Anyway, the ethical obligation under PSP is to look after the people because, as you correctly stated, they are the most important part of the company. That means looking after the people that are there. All of them. PT and FT. Sometimes to do that, the last thing you want to do is hire another person. Sometimes, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. You cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time. As long as the decisions that are made are in the best interest of the majority of the employees, then that's probably the right decision. Unfortunately, it sometimes means that someone gets the short end of the stick. I've been that someone before and it sucks. But I understood why and I realized it wasn't personal and it wasn't about screwing me over, it was about doing the fairest thing for all involved. Remember, "people" is plural, not singular and that often means that a person doesn't get what he or she wants but two people do. Out of those 3 people, two of them are saying how fair FedEx is and how they did the people thing. One isn't. In the eyes of that one person, FedEx is the devil incarnate. You can feel sorry for that person, you can empathize with that person but ultimately, the decision benefited more people than not and therefore it was a "people" decision.
     
  5. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Replacing 1 FT with 2 PT has been going-on for a long time and is almost always designed to save the company money and prevent someone new from going FT. PSP is nothing but a joke.
     
  6. DOWNTRODDEN IN TEXAS

    DOWNTRODDEN IN TEXAS Active Member

     
  7. quadro

    quadro New Member

    That's kind of insulting to all the hourly employees around here. You're insinuating that only managers can make factual, valid points. You also validated my points by not responding to them. In other words, you couldn't dispute what I said, rather you resorted to an ad hominem argument.
     
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    *cough cough*soundslikeamanger*cough cough*


    What does a manger sound like?
     
  9. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    I will dispute what you are saying and also state that you are the one who is insulting hourly employees here. You are saying that replacing a full time employee with two part timers is a decision made in the best interest of employees. FedEx would rather have a part time work force to limit holiday pay, full time benefits, guaranteed pay and employee expendibility. They want a completely flexible workforce that can be used when necessary and not used when not needed.Does it benefit FedEx?Certainly.Does it benefit the employee?No.There is no set of rules at FedEx not put in place to benefit the company over the employee, if there is a set of rules that are accessible please post a link to them or state where they can be found.
     
  10. quadro

    quadro New Member

    I never said "replacing a full time employee with two part timers is a decision made in the best interest of employees". You're twisting what I said to fit your perception of me.

    There is certainly some truth in what you say about what FedEx would prefer. They are, after all, a business. Not sure that FedEx would really save that much money on benefits as pt benefits are for the most part the same as ft. I'm sure there would be some savings but not sure how much. Just curious, but can you point to any business that schedules employees when they are not needed?

    There are many rules at FedEx that benefit the employee over the company. I can't post a link because they are on the intranet and the link wouldn't work but just look at some of the policies in People Best Practices. Here's one for you: route bidding. The way routes are bid and the policy surrounding that certainly benefits employees. If it benefited FedEx, there wouldn't really be any route bids, the managers would just assign them based on what works best for their operation (with, I'm sure, some favoritism involved).
     
  11. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    So who does the employee appeal to if such a situation occurs. It isn't like it hasn't happened before. Do you choose to stand up for yourself and fight against the manager with no protection from retaliation whatsoever. Is there protection for an employee who chooses to go over managements head and appeal to upper management. Why don't you answer how employees are protected if they choose to go down such a path.
     
  12. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    "There is certainly some truth in what you say about what FedEx would prefer. They are, after all, a business."

    Wow and I thought they followed their PSP philosophy. I guess I was wrong.:happy2:
     
  13. quadro

    quadro New Member

    There three main avenues are the Guaranteed Fair Treatment, the Open Door procedure, and the ethics line which is anonymous. I'm not going to get into a debate about the GFT. Just because someone doesn't get what they want out of it does not make it unfair. The same is true with a union grievance procedure. If you don't get what you want out of it then to that person the procedure doesn't work. Doesn't make it true.
    The Open Door is a great avenue for getting policy questions answered. I've used it many times and I know several people who have used it and have received prompt responses from upper management. And by upper management I mean someone outside of my station.
    The ethics line is something I've not had to use but it is there.
    To assume that someone would be subject to retaliation if they used one of these three makes the assumption that everyone in the chain from your manager to executive management is unethical. I don't believe that. You might. That's your choice and something that you have to reconcile. Personally, if I felt that a company was that corrupt, then I don't think I would hesitate to leave.
     
  14. quadro

    quadro New Member

    You're not wrong. I believe they do follow their PSP philosophy but that doesn't mean they aren't a business. It would be great if every penny of revenue went right into the employees' pockets. Certainly would be a very People thing. Wouldn't be in business very long, but it would be nice nonetheless. Being a People company and being a business cannot be mutually exclusive.
     
  15. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    Though I don't disagree I do think you are going to an extreme here. PSP-people, service, profit. So you don't believe they follow PSP but at the same time you believe they follow their PSP.
     
  16. quadro

    quadro New Member

    I never said they don't follow their PSP. IMHO they do follow that philosophy. Just my opinion. My point was that you cannot have one without the other two. They are not mutually exclusive, they are very intertwined.
     
  17. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member


    GFT and Open Door are both a joke, and nothing more than an opportunity for the company to give your issue a legal review so they don't get sued. Neither is a legitimate grievance process. Why are you so trusting of this company? God....they screw you left and right and you still give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll bet Fred would like to clone you and make about 50,000 copies.

    I have to confess I've never heard of the Ethics Line, but FedEx doesn't have any (ethics) so it sounds useless, kind of like GFT and Open Door.
     
  18. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    Well it has to be one or the other, either they put "profit" first or they put their "people" first.
     
  19. quadro

    quadro New Member

    I wish it were that simple. Yes I believe they do put people first but there are business decisions involved in how you put people first. Someone once told me to think of it as a 3-leg stool. Remove any one of them and it doesn't balance.
     
  20. FedEx courier

    FedEx courier New Member

    I'll just leave it at that, I think I've stated my point.