Off the street on call driver

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Purplepackage, May 13, 2015.

  1. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    The local ups hub is hiring off the street on call drivers. Has anyone had expierence with this position before? I currently work at fedex working early mornings Its consistent work but still only 25 hours a week. I'm not sure if the switch is worth it or not
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    How old are you?
     
  3. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    I'm 23, im more concerned with the switch for hours, I know I can do the job (even though express and ups are different from each other) I know what having over 150 stops is like and I know how physical and stressful this line of work is that's not really my concern
     
  4. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    On call means the packages aren't the only thing being taken for a ride
     
  5. More than likely a seasonal job.
     
  6. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    If that.
     
  7. To give up a steady paycheck for that?
     
  8. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Not me.

    Dave was a casual. Maybe he can weigh in.
     
  9. Well that explains it.o_O
     
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    To the OP

    This is a tough decision for you to make. Do you give up a known entity to go after an unknown one?

    You said that you are 23 and I am going to assume that you are single w/no kids.

    I was a casual for 11 months. I was lucky in that I was hired off the street during a period of growth. (1989) My first year I worked just over 1000 hours, which was just enough for a full year of pension credit. I busted my butt, had no problem running routes blind and would show up dressed and ready to go knowing that there was always someone who would take the day off.

    I don't know you or your personal/financial situation but if it were me I would go for it. Yes, you would have to get a second job-----the only problem is that this job would need to know that UPS is first and they would have to schedule you around your UPS schedule. Ideal jobs would be lawn care, roofing or other such seasonal work.

    Let us know what you decide and good luck with whatever you end up doing. Dave.
     
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  11. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    This is what helped a lot of us older (and retired drivers) get in. Those growth spurts aren't as widespread or prevalent and they once were.
     
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    There were 3 of us hired at the same time. We all made it past our 30 days and two of us became FT drivers within a year. The third died in a plane accident----he was a student pilot.

    Being a casual is not for the meek------you have to let them know that you want to work. If you wait for them you could be sitting at home for a long time.
     
  13. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Still, now days, there is absolutely no guarantee a casual will ever make full-time.
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yup.
     
  15. Or even make the union.
     
  16. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Yup and yup.
     
  17. Never qualify for benefits or vacation.
     
  18. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    Let's say you're working five days a week now. You probably only need 2 days a week working on call at ups to make what you're making now. I believe it is at least 18.75 an hour(maybe more depending on what supplement/area you are working under/in). Plus Overtime -time and 1/2

    So if you can average 8 days a month at UPS , you're probably where you're at now, money wise . Cover summer vacations, and you will probably be working everyday come peak and probably not so much (at times not at all come late January, February...) . I think on a yearly basis, you will be ahead of the game. Plus you have a chance to get hired on full time.

    If you do decide to make the switch, don't burn any bridges with the Fedex operation you would part company with. It's possible you may want to recross that bridge in the future. Be ready to work when they call or you will quickly fall to bottom of the list of people they do call.


    Do the math, you know how much you make now.
     
  19. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member


    Many a salmon made the successful return trip to spawn, and many more didn't but they keep trying anyway.
     
  20. Number24

    Number24 #24

    Yo upstate. You're the most accurate non troll on this site bro. If I could follow I would but I only have access to this forum via iPhone. :-)