So i went and hurt my back.......damn. Didn't want it to happen, thats for sure. Got the x-rays done and all looks well spine wise. I strained the lower lumbar muscles and am now having terrible spasms that bring me to my knees when i walk. Anyway..... i'll heal in a week or so. But what i want to know is why i have to be at work from 1 to 10 with a 1 hour lunch doing nothing for the first four hours and gassing trucks for the second 4 hours. Oh and the kicker is i'm only getting paid 8.50 an hour. A huge difference from my top pay driver rate. I am required to be there everyday until i am better, but how much longer is it going to take heal now. I would think being at home with a muscle relaxer and ice pack would be a more conducive healing environment. I would rather not work and make no money than stand around with my thumb up my ass for 8 hours for 8.50 an hour. Is this what UPS has come to. Management thinking you are faking an injury. I know it has happened before, but dont treat me like a POS when a legitamate injury occurs. I have been told that this new injured work policy is new in our district. They say they have to many lost time injuries.......Weeeelllllllllllll DAMN right they have to many injurys. Managment is sending out routes with peak season like loads. What the do they expect. Use your methods all you want, but nothing is going to keep you safe forever. Sh1t happens. UPS is running off all the good guys and the replacements are going to be the ones who run this company into the ground. Holding us drivers accountable by threat of termination whilst management can get away with anything that they want. It' BS and i'm ready to call them out on it. This whole incident has brought me to the realization that once again, i am not a human, but simply a number, a tool, something that can be easily replaced. That is all....thank you for your time.