Are Floaters Paid More?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MassWineGuy, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I saw an ad yesterday from Express seeking floater drivers for just under $19 an hour. This is for the BVY station in Boston, which handles 20,000 pieces a day.

    I'm a pt courier just north of Boston and my rate will increase next month to just barely over $18.

    Do floaters earn more? Within the same district, do the pay rates differ by location?
     
  2. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Floater? I wonder if that is the same as a cover driver. If so, yes they are paid more. And yes, pay rates CAN differ by location in same district. In the large city near me they make $1.00 an hour more than at my station, and a station further south of mine makes even less.
     
  3. adhawk

    adhawk Member

    Bvy owd gdm and bed are all the same pay worcester and west boylston are paid less because they are far out and cost of living is less out there.
     
  4. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Swings and wheel drivers are paid more because that get screwed by management everyday of the week
     
  5. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Yes, cover = swing.

    Thanks folks.

    I work out of GDM.
     
  6. Scrappy

    Scrappy New Member

    I'm a floater and I don't get paid more then regular couriers. I'm probably getting screwed which wouldn't surprise me.
     
  7. Same here
     
  8. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    when I was the wheel at my station I was paid .80 cents more than a courier with a route
     
  9. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    What is a floater? I've worked here many years and have never heard the term.
     
  10. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Floater=cover driver=swing driver
     
  11. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    You are getting screwed. Call payroll and ask them to look at your pay.
     
  12. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    You also should call payroll and have your pay reviewed.
     
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    If a correction is in order, would it be from this point forward or would he receive back pay?
     
  14. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    in stations that are 4x10 a floater is the person who covers the day off for each loop. so they work a different route each day of work but just the four routes they cover.
     
  15. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Back pay. It happened to me in the past.
     
  16. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    We call that position the wheel driver, not really sure why though.

    It's pretty good position though cover the same 4 routes every week and you have a 4 day weekend once a month
     
  17. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    We call them floats, but different areas of the states have their own lingo I guess, never heard of wheel driver in my life.
     
  18. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Yeah no idea where that name came from lol I
     
  19. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I've been a 4X10 cover driver 3 times, no extra pay, and a swing driver twice, a little extra an hour, less than a dollar. Cover drivers are considered regular couriers, swing drivers are a different classification. The catch of being a swing is when they try to bid on a courier rt they are in Priority Group 2, which makes it difficult to get out of being a swing once they have you there. The first time I became a swing was in '99, given just 30 cents an hour more and was not eligible for the general raise that year as I had already been given a "promotion" and a "raise" becoming a swing. When I transferred out to become regular courier again they took over a dollar away from me.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2015
  20. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    4x10 cover 3 times? We're you the only one who bid on the position?

    That's actually how I got full time when I started, was with the company 8 months as part time and got the 4x10 cover spot because nobody wants to do it, even though I don't know why you wouldn't