Cover drivers...2nd (or 3rd) job

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by La Li Lu Le Lo, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. La Li Lu Le Lo

    La Li Lu Le Lo New Member

    Just wondering what some of the lower seniority cover guys are doing for extra income. A sort and 0-1 days on the road just dont cut it. A second job requires extreme flexibility, anyone have success with one?
  2. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    I am...Security job on weekends, lately have been picking up extra shifts during the week..If I'm not needed to drive for UPS, I'll take the extra security hours..It's been working pretty nicely for me. I'm in the same boat as you, with the whole cover driver thing. How many years I gotta do this, Idk, but everyone's gotta play the same waiting game.
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  3. La Li Lu Le Lo

    La Li Lu Le Lo New Member doesnt sound too bad. They dont mind when you say you cant come in because of UPS? Delivering pizzas would be ideal...ok money, probably flexible, and you would either know the roads or gain knowledge if them. Only problem is I'm usually asked to work the local sort (P.M.)
  4. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    Na, I never have any issues..I work preload, normally between 04:00-09:00..Security shifts I cover are usually 15:00-23:00..Works good for me.
  5. rp3

    rp3 Member

    I drive air shuttle in a.m.till 9. Then I work at same airport till 5:00. Then I do local sort 5:30-9:00. Makes for a long day, But what do you do.
  6. Pizza places are great at working with a schedule as long as it's the same thing every week. Calling in will generally get your hours slashed until you stop doing it. It's probably the #1 way people lose pizza jobs. You got to give them something they can work with for all weeks.

    I don't know if cover drivers do saturday air. But if they don't then you could commit to a saturday-sunday deal. At many(but not all) 10 hours delivery pizza pays like 20 for others around the same pay rate. Only wanting to work 2 days seems a little flakey but I've seen it done successfully many times.
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    When I was a cover driver I used to stock shelves in a grocery store from midnight to 4 am and deliver auto parts during the day. The owner of the auto parts store knew UPS came first and he was very accomodating.
  8. mdnj88

    mdnj88 Active Member

    Local 177 a cover driver is a full time perm. I work every single day. I can't even beg for a day off.
  9. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    Same here brother. It's bitter sweet I'll tell ya.
  10. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

    Im pretty low on the list of cover drivers but did it to start out at the higher rate in a few years. i manage a warehouse fulltime, work preload part time, cover drive during peak and vacations if needed.
  11. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Mention you're a cover driver with no route to run here, you'll be swarmed in 30 seconds by three drivers.
  12. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Same here (MA), cover drivers get the most hours. Permanent, never laid off. There's always vacations to cover and seniority drivers take lots of days off. Some guys take almost every Monday off.
  13. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Active Member

    Sorry for the derail but your name just hit me. Is it Tommy Boy? If so great job man. Love Chris Farley. :)
  14. sandwich

    sandwich Active Member

    I think in different locals cover driver means different things. I know that in the west coast you have

    Cover driver: part time driver who works when extra drivers are needed. When not needed your back in the hub working your part time job.

    Utility driver: full time driver without a permanent route.

    Route driver: full time driver with their own route.

    Source. I was a cover driver for 8 years, now I'm a full time utility driver.
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  15. YellowSox

    YellowSox Member

    I'm a full time utility driver and get 55-59 hours a week just from driving. I come from a busy center. If I am on the extra list it's rare.
  16. sandwich

    sandwich Active Member

    Why would someone disagree with my post??
  17. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    I'm in the Northeast and "utility " or "route driver" are terms not used. We just have permanent F/T drivers / PT air drivers. And then "casual ( temp) drivers" during peak.

    Cover drivers are just those of us at the bottom without a bid route but we are otherwise no different than all other F/T drivers.
  18. sandwich

    sandwich Active Member

    I'm not trying to be a douche, but I know that. On the west coast once you go full time (utility) you Dont get laid off anymore. That's what the cover drivers are for. Part timers used when needed. Just trying to shed some light for the people that didn't know that. We also Dont hire seasonal drivers, at least in so cal.