I work out of a small center ( 20 routes) in the northeast for the past 8 ½ years.. I worked the preload for the first 5 years and have been cover driving since. I came out in December 04 to cover drive for peak and then returned to the preload after the new year. I started covering vacations in the summer of 2005 and I have been doing so ever since. In 2006 (other then my scheduled vacation weeks) I drove everyday from the middle of may until the end of the year. In 2007, I worked a total of 310.7 part time preload hours. I had 142.89 hours as an air driver and 1434.97 hours as a regular delivery driver. My issues, is that Ups still classifies me as part time. With all of my vacation time figured in, i averaged just under 40 hours a week for the 2nd straight year. All of my holidays, sick, and vacation days are paid 4 hours per day at my preload rate. Not to mention I have to bid against the full time drivers, even though I am getting my part time rate on my vacation checks. In my mind I should have been put on the driving list to begin progression sometime in mid July 2005. However to this day I have yet to begin progression!!!! I have looked through the union book many times and I do not see anything clear cut to support my case. It just seems to be this vague grey area, and management seems to be taking advantage of it.. They have seemed to do this routine to the past 3 or 4 drivers at our center that went full time, but they really seem to be stretching it this time. Basically I am just looking for advice, ideas, or others past experience on how to deal with/ force their hand on this. I know they are saving about $30,000 a year by jerking me around like this, so unless I begin to force the issue (which I admittedly have been reluctant to do) they will just keep taking advantage of me. Thanks for any help you can give me.