OJS certification & discipline for performance

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by Shazam!, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. Shazam!

    Shazam! New Member

    I was wondering if any of u guys out there have been seeing a strong push towards progressive discipline based on performance certified on a 3 day OJS ride. For example:

    Jo is OJS'd for 3 days, within a weeks time the company certifies him at 18.5 an hour (spore),(ouch!, not me I swear). A week after certification Jo runs a spore of 17. He is imediatly given a talk with, asking him to maintain the certified 18.5. Jo complains that during the OJS his route was modified, he had meet points, bad weather etc. Company maintains that all that is factored in to your numbers and that he must always maintain the demonstrated performance. Next week same thing except he recieves a warning letter, week after that a suspension, after that an intent to discharge.

    My advice was to file a letter of concern against the 3 day ride. On the flip side i know another driver who was OJS 'd and brought the truck in all three days over 9/5 and was harrassed to no end all three days. He is being told that there will b more rides soon with upper management. it apears that if u dont produce the desired #s in 3 days they will continue to ride with u until they get the desired results #s wise. any OJS info is helpful thx
     
  2. MC4YOU2

    MC4YOU2 Yep, not wearing brown anymore

    It appears as if the co. is doing this in a renewed push to trim costs and prepare us for the inevitible cutting of rts. They are trying to use under/over as the production measurement, which is much more slippery to hold a driver to, but so far no letters. Too soon into the game they are playing maybe? BA says anything over initial 3 day ride - to file a harrassment grievance. This will keep them off car until it's heard, at least. By then new bad ideas will likely have replaced this one they have.
     
  3. undies

    undies Active Member

    I have drivers in my center BEGGING for ride alongs, its funny how different each building works considering were all the same company.
     
  4. gandydancer

    gandydancer New Member

    Company can claim their fewmets are pure gold, but an elementary level of knowledge of probability and statistics will tell you that three observations averaging 18.5 is perfectly consistent with an underlying performance level of 17, never mind occasional performance at the 17 level. An underlying performance of 20 or more is also consistent with both at a certain probability, nevermind the possibility that management is skewing the experiment. Hopefully the union hasn't agreed to anyone on the arb panel who can't grasp this.

    It's called "excessive supervision" in the contract. No point in delaying the union's involvement.
     
  5. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Nowhere in the contract does it mention anything about being "certified" to run a particular number of stops per hour.

    The company is free to place whatever production expectations it chooses to upon a driver, but failure to meet those expectations is not a terminable offense.

    Continual OJS rides are an art 37 violation, the driver needs to file.
     
  6. Shazam!

    Shazam! New Member

    not entirely true, an abritrator ruled against a driver in NY who failed to meet his certified performace. He did not get his job back.
     
  7. UPSNewbie

    UPSNewbie New Member

  8. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Not only this, but anytime you sign an OJS note any discrepancies. And get a copy of it. If they refuse to let you note anything then RTS it.
     
  9. Dragon

    Dragon Package Center Manager

    You guys might want to listen to Shazam! Its comming down the pike......
     
  10. Braveheart

    Braveheart New Member

    They are going overboard with it down here. Drivers must protest everything plus harassment.

    We pay really good dues money so every driver should call the union halls until they do something about it. Every 3 day ride I got was skewed.

    We always missed 9.5 two out of three days and then when my stops are reduced to make 9.5 I can not maintain sporh due to easy resi work taken off my route that inflated sporh in the first place.

    We pay too much dues money to have UPS walking all over us with perfect service and perfect safety and yet run all day to make numbers. I have plenty of safe driving years under my belt and simply make all services on time with almost no errors. My stops per hour are consistant and are not all over the place. Now because of 3 days I am to maintain or fired.

    Union needs to earn our dues money on this!!!
     
  11. Shazam!

    Shazam! New Member

    agreed!! drivers need to cover their ass as much as possible and not agree to any certification as well as strong backing from their steward. Drivers need to stick together and talk to each other about what's going when they are in that office. So that the next guy is prepared!!! Any other suggestions out there?
     
  12. MC4YOU2

    MC4YOU2 Yep, not wearing brown anymore

    On OJS days, mgmt goes thru the load and removes misloads, puts every SPA in sequence, and tidy's it all up before drivers get to the building, plus looking for easy stuff to add for best sporh,s. It's imperative that u go to every length to complete your job that day so you can counter this foolishness. Full and complete pretrip, perfect methods- going around rear of car to cross street, awesome indirecting wirh a goal of 0 send agains, safe dry out of sight DR's, using rain bags around back of house, indirecting resis at neighbors. Attempting multiple sales leads, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Once you have set a high sporh it's easy for the co. to mess with you. You must do your best to show how much time the job takes when done correctly, you should not cut any corner, and if your rider opens any doors, handles any pkgs or hurries any customer you should note it and use it to refute their puffed up demands.
     
  13. The Other Side

    The Other Side Well-Known Troll Troll

    One of the biggest problems many drivers experience is being faster when a sup is on the car.

    Drivers will run an hour or two in the hole without the sup on car, then an OJS arrives and for some reason they speed up.

    It should be the "other" way around. NO driver should be faster with a sup on car if you are following methods. As one poster said, 3/40 methods, handrails, proper parking, rain bags, handcart use, indirecting, hand to surface all pickup packages, delivery notices etc. etc..

    If you just did they job they "way" they want it, you will be slower when a sup is on car, not faster.

    As for holding drivers to "production standards", not to worry. No arbitor will recognize a company standard that has no real known value. Because there isnt a transparent calculation for time, the arbitor will always reject this standard. Additionally, if a case gets to arbitration, a simple comparision to other routes will demonstrate an "inconsistency" between calculations.

    How many of you know of routes that are doing less stops, less miles, less pickups and less spohr, and yet they "plan" better than you??

    While the company has to do whatever it feels is necessary to increase production (by their standards) you should not feel compelled to worry.

    Grieve every talk with, every warning letter and get the local involved as soon as they mention production to you.

    Remember, your only obligation is "a fair days work for a fair days pay". This is not a production standard.

    The contract has NO standards in it, and thats what we operate under.

    During the OJS, take your breaks and lunch and if you go past 10 hours (and depending on your state law) take your second 1/2 lunch without interference from the sup.

    When you do a pickup, hand to surface all packages and do not toss in, multi-lift or drag in the handcart full of packages.

    Never drop COD's off and collect checks later, even if the sup suggests to do it. This happens alot where I work.

    If you follow the simple methods outlined, you should be alot slower with a sup on car than when your alone.

    If you are asked to review your ride, ask your steward to sit in with you and listen to what is said.

    Finally, NEVER EVER sign anything the company hands you with respect to production. Article 6 of the national master agreement grants you a right to refuse to sign any agreement or contract whether individually or collectively that is OUTSIDE the national master agreement.

    A production agreement is OUTSIDE the National Master Agreement.

    If you are asked to sign such an agreement, cite this article and base your grievance on this right.

    Knowing your rights is key to any defense against an unfair system.:wink2:
     
  14. pudg00

    pudg00 pudg00

    Do you know if similar "standards" are inforceable with pre-load? I am working pre-load as I have been laid off. This morning's PCM told us we should toss a certain amount of pkg's per hour blah blah blah. Just wondering I you have any insight.
     
  15. bdmiz

    bdmiz New Member

    They tried this in the laguna building with me. My PPH (packages per hour) loaded was too low for them. They told me that when I was hired I signed an agreement stating I would maintain 360pph while loading. I signed no such agreement so I told them to show it to me. It was never made available.

    The only thing they can do is exactly like an OJS ride. A sup sits in the trailer with you and see's exactly what you can do following the correct methods, then they hold you to that number. The key is to do it right, every single night. Your numbers ALWAYS fluctuate based on what the volume is for that night. Heavier packages, larger packages, lots of irregs to throw up, walking all the way out the trailer to break jams in the chute, cleaning up floors to maintain a safe walking path, all these things take LOTS of time. If you do it the same way every night, you have nothing to worry about.
     
  16. Use your methods, be consistent,file for over supervision and harrassment,and never sign anything!
     
  17. gandydancer

    gandydancer New Member

    Au contraire. In California you have a right, by state law, to a copy of anything you sign. This can be useful.
     
  18. Braveheart

    Braveheart New Member

    Good post
     
  19. BIGBROWNLONGHORN

    BIGBROWNLONGHORN New Member

    I told ctr mgr and 2 onroads please ride with me but they wont isaid why not they said iam not on there list but they get :censored2: when i inform everbody of there union rights bring it on
     
  20. BIGBROWNLONGHORN

    BIGBROWNLONGHORN New Member

    I just took a route where driver skips lunch an sorts truck for 30 mins every morning i told them i would be 1plus hour over ever day and they said why and i said please ride with me they said well fix it what does that mean