OPINIONS NEEDED! Part-Time Package handler OR PT SUPERVISOR??

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by confused_employee, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. confused_employee

    confused_employee New Member

    I am a PT Package Handler (PM SHIFT) at a small center with a little over 1 year with the I company. I am a single mother in my mid twenties. I am in need of HONEST OPINIONS.


    I am completely torn on what would be the best DECISION TO SUPPORT MY 8 YEAR OLD WITHOUT LOSING VALUABLE TIME WITH HIM THAT CAN NOT BE REPLACED...AND ACCUMULATE SOME SORT OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS.


    DO I STAY IN THE POSITION I CURRENTLY HAVE PT, AND FIND A SECOND JOB DURING THE DAY TO UTILIZE THE GREAT BENEFITS???

    I have decided becoming a driver at UPS is not something I want to do the rest of my life...I originally thought about going into Supervision (FOR TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PURPOSES) Until I started talking with a few drivers only to find out MANY things Management failed to tell me about after approaching them about the possibility of becoming a SUP. Including Management being NON-UNION, and the possibility of ever going back on local sort slim to none. :/


    What would you do if you were in my position?
     
  2. GetTacosOrDieTrying

    GetTacosOrDieTrying What's in the box!!!!!?

    Stay union. As a ptsup you have to pay out of pocket for insurance and no job security that the union provides. You make a little more money but in the long run pt package handlers will make more. You can also utilize tuition reimbursement as a pt package handler
     
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  3. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Even though sups make more now, they pay for their healthcare, and from what I've read elsewhere here, do not have a pension, but match a % on 401k.
     
  4. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Look into PT Saturday air driving. After a two year progression you will be making more then $27/hr. Could also lead to delivering air during the week also.
     
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  5. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    Not everywhere. We do not have it in my district.

    If you're doing the job for the benefits, stay hourly. And frankly reading how you were surprised PT Management was nonunion, tells me you should stay an hourly.
     
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  6. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    You can make more with a day job an as an hourly than a pt sup will with less of a headache.
     
  7. SCV good to go sir.

    SCV good to go sir. Active Member

    This. You could also accrue a lot of hours in one day if you do pick ups and take the shuttle to the airport should you find yourself with enough time. Saturday driving is really easy and only marginally representative of actual driving. I personally would stay at PT package handler just for the benefits. Our health insurance is still very good despite the changes in the last contract. You can always go part time sup later if you change your mind.
     
  8. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    If you go to PT Sup, it used to be your shift could be changed.
    Once was a PT Sup on a daytime sort, got Married, after returning from the Honeymoon, this person was switched to the Midnight sort.
    Don't know if this is still done, switching shifts of PT Sups.
     
  9. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    You finally hit the one year mark for benefits and two weeks paid vacation and paid Holidays and a bit of seniority for job selections. Give PT package handler a bit more thought and then make up your mind.
     
  10. GetTacosOrDieTrying

    GetTacosOrDieTrying What's in the box!!!!!?

    Oh i did not know it's different of each district
     
  11. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    It may be a district thing or a region thing, I'm not sure. From meeting other sups in my district though I know it's at least district wide.
     
  12. GetTacosOrDieTrying

    GetTacosOrDieTrying What's in the box!!!!!?

    Here its anyone but very few hourlies use it.
     
  13. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

    Entirely depends what you are going to school for.
     
  14. Do it by the book

    Do it by the book New Member

    I worked at UPS for over 25 years. I was an PT hourly, PT supervisor, driver, FT supervisor and held numerous manager positions. If I had to do it all over again I would be a PT hourly employee and after a few years pick up additional cushy hours as an air driver. There will always be service failures, late airplanes, air packages left in the building in the AM, late drivers in the PM that causes air to miss the airport run etc.

    I have seen PT employees make lucrative FT careers doing this. Most get close to 60 hours a week without the stress of a FT package car driver. Did my upper management bosses get mad at this... yes. But why should I stress my supervisors to run out on the road and do it or get grievances for management working under the guise of "service" when I could pay an hourly employee to do it. hope my opinion helps
     
  15. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    If I didn't mind the city I'm in now this is exactly what I'd do as well. AM air is the best gig in our building IMO.
     
  16. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    What is a single mother? Is there no dad?
     
  17. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    A single mother is a woman who has primary or sole custody of her child/children. This could be for many reasons, ie. father could have died, been abusive, ran off with another woman, couple split up, couple never together and she got pregnant, woman got pregnant thru IVF, etc.
     
  18. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    The term should be "primary caregiver parent".