Driver helpers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Brownslave688, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    So our building is pretty much letting us choose our driver helper this year. They sent us with a sheet to fill out. Name number and such.

    Supposedly we are doing this because all of our part timers were terrible as helpers. Also they had trouble getting part timers back for twilight.

    Is anyone else's center doing this? Do part timers have a right to this work before off the street hires?
  2. jaker

    jaker trolling

    That is what we do here , drivers picks go first and if the driver doesnt have anybody they get a PT
  3. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Same here
  4. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    same here.
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Cool. I'm really trying to get my wife to do it this year. She graduates this winter and this is pretty much our only chance. I know she knows I work hard but there's something different about experiencing it.
  6. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Are you going to let her take a turn at driving?
  7. upschick95

    upschick95 Member

    I am assuming it is just your center since we are in the same building and they haven't even mentioned helpers to us yet. Also my center manager told me last year that family could no longer be helpers. Husband and wife or girlfriend and boyfriend. There is a little more to that second part that I cannot really go into without giving up too much information about myself. If they are off the street they get to be helpers first before UPS part timers.
  8. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut The One Who Knocks

    If I could get my wife to do that, I could probably save a few bucks on couples therapy.
  9. whiskers

    whiskers Member

    I'm part-time, and I've done driver helper since I started. I use it as a learning opportunity, and of course a little extra money. I'm next in line to go to driving school at my center, and getting to use the diad and learning how to DR can't hurt. It's my understanding that PTers do have first choice over outside hires, but I don't know of any language to back that up.
  10. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Only 1 center in my building.
  11. you aint even know it

    you aint even know it Well-Known Troll Troll

    In my local pters have seniority over outside hires.
  12. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    We use Preloaders and night shift over off the street hires here. They get the same lousy pay as a new hire over their regular shift pay, I have never understood that.
  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Who would work as a helper? Most of the time, they don't get many hours and get low pay. Around here, they have to drive to meet points on drivers route, sometimes far from where they live. We have helpers that work one day then never show up. I think I had 3 "no shows" last peak.
  14. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    We get overtime pay (at the helper rate) when the total for the day exceeds 8 hours (only the first 5 hours of preload count). So, let's say that during peak, I work 6 hours in preload, then I go help for another ~6. My first 3 hours of helping will be at 8.50, everything after that is overtime at 12.75. Slightly better than being an outsider, since they're unlikely to work over 8 hours helping.

    Last year, my typical meet point was about 8 miles away by local streets- more by highway. At most, it's a 20min drive. Since then, I've gotten my yearly wage increase, but my typical preload paycheck was $200 after taxes. During the last week of October, I started helping, and that rose to the upper 300's. After that, weekly paychecks in the $400's were typical. At my max, I got about ~$650 in a week. That's pocket change compared to driver pay, but going up from 200 to that is a pretty damn big difference. I count on peak every year now to save some money, or buy something I couldn't afford otherwise (like a new computer that I built after my first peak).

    Of course, to earn something like $650 means sacrificing every bit of personal time including weekends, since I just sleep all day. For the most part, during peak, I sleep about 3 hours a night during the week. Add knee/shin pains to that, it makes for a pretty miserable season, but I'm happy that I did it- when it's all over.
  15. you aint even know it

    you aint even know it Well-Known Troll Troll

    3 hours of sleep? That's dreadful. I wouldn't do that unless its really urgent.
  16. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    I don't mean to jack the thread, but I have a basic question regarding driver helpers. Sorry, I just became a driver this year.

    What does a driver helper do? Do they mainly run the package(s) to the doorstep? Do they know enough to select packages?

    Just curious, thanks!
  17. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Helpers here make almost $13 an hour. Not a terrible gig.

    Yep helpers pretty much just run (ok briskly walk) the packages to the door. This gives the driver some time to sort the truck.
  18. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Saw a poster inside the building advertising driver helpers at $12.88 an hour.
  19. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    It depends on the driver and how much the helper understands/is capable of.

    Last peak, my driver dropped me off at an office building with a few cartloads of crap and a diad. She went off and delivered to some businesses while I took care of the building. Other than that, I just ran boxes to residential doors. And, depending on the driver, I may be in charge of scanning/stop completing everything.

    Drivers tend to be very impatient with teaching a helper how to use the diad, so they just hand them a box and point them to the door. Helpers also tend to be slow learners, so it's a bad combination.
  20. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, I've been curious about this. I was hoping they wouldn't just be in the way.