Can a cover driver decline to drive?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by EmraldArcher, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. EmraldArcher

    EmraldArcher Member

    As the title says, as a cover driver, can you refuse to drive and instead opt to work your "normal" job?
     
  2. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Are you in the part time classification??
     
  3. EmraldArcher

    EmraldArcher Member

    My normal job is part time working the pre-load if that is what you mean.
     
  4. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    I would think not. You signed up to drive not to pick and choose when you want to. In my area cover drivers are FT driver that just don't have there own route they are guaranteed 8 hours a day just like any other driver. It should be that way every where.
     
  5. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    In the central region you could elect to stay on the preload by the week. Cover driving is a secondary job and you aren't required to do it.
     
  6. EmraldArcher

    EmraldArcher Member

    I'm in Florida so I doubt I'm in the central region. I guess I will just ask a local steward.
     
  7. brownMcfly

    brownMcfly New Member

    Im in Fl. The only way they can "make" you drive is to use everyone on the cover driver list below you and if the guys above you decline.
     
  8. AKCoverMan

    AKCoverMan Active Member

    It's that way here in Alaska too, but not everywhere. It depends on your local. In my area there is no such thing contract wise as a "cover driver". There are FT drivers (some who have bid routes and some who don't) and there are "Utility Drivers" who are generally employees working PT jobs in another area (sort, preload, unload, air ramp) who can be used when all FT drivers are in and routes are still vacant.

    These "Utility Drivers" are usually PTers who are using the opportunity to learn driving and are usually on the list to go on their packet. They could turn down utility driving assignments but if they do eventually they are not going to be asked any more.
     
  9. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    That is how it is here, at my center, in NY.
     
  10. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    We don't have "Utility drivers" if your a driver your a FT driver, FT Air Driver, or 22.3 combo that drives air half the time and works on the inside the rest of there 8 hrs. The only PT people that driver are the handful of Ptimers that deliver air on Sat.
     
  11. Buck Fifty

    Buck Fifty New Member


    Ask from the top and force from the bottom.
     
  12. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    In Fla. if you sign the cover driver bid list and start driving then yes they can make you drive,but you can also forfeit(if you decide it's not for you) your cover driver position and just stay p/t. I have seen a few guys do this. You can't just drive on certain days when you want to. Also here they are not guaranteed 8 and do not make bonus.
     
  13. CAFAL

    CAFAL New Member

    Same here where I am in ny
     
  14. CAFAL

    CAFAL New Member

    If there is no work,you bump back into your pt shift. Although this is tough if you work the pre load
     
  15. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    I guess it depends, some drivers cut there own deals, they pick and choose when and where. lol
     
  16. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    That's not necessarily true. Depends on the area. In my area, cover drivers are PT and fill in as needed. They are supposed to be given notice (24 hrs) when they are needed. Mgt rarely does this. Most of the time it is at the end of the PT shift, sometimes only minutes before the rte is to leave. I was DQ'd from cover driving for refusing to take a rte. No notice and I had other plans. My BA threw me under the truck over it. He refused to follow through on my grievance saying it didn't have any merit. I felt it did and took it to EEOC. I won. UPS had to pay me months of back wages. It was a large chunk of change. My BA apologized to me.
     
  17. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    That would be the ideal option. Based on my language, they have to give you notice when they need you and an hour before that route leaves is not acceptable notice.
     
  18. instantK

    instantK Member

    "They are supposed to be given notice (24 hrs) when they are needed.
    "

    i need to call in each morning at 7:45 to see if im needed for that day
     
  19. EmraldArcher

    EmraldArcher Member

    Actually according to the paycheck I received a couple of weeks back I AM guaranteed 8 hours as I received .85 hours "Guarantee Pay" when my worked hours and 8 hours holiday pay only came to 39.15 hours for the week.
     
  20. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    Are you on the F/T seniority list or P/T one? Cover drivers in our building aren't guaranteed 8, can't file 9.5 & don't get paid bonus. This is in south Fla.This is how it's always been unless something has changed. I haven't heard anything, but then again it's nothing I need to know.