Package handler options

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Dale1978, May 7, 2016.

  1. Dale1978

    Dale1978 New Member

    I have been working as a package handler for 18 months now and am starting to believe I am unable to continue with the job. I was a bit older when I was hired and my body just doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the demands of it.
    I have gone to the company doctor and they cannot find anything wrong with me. My plan is to give notice and find something else less physically demanding but did wonder if there are any other options.
    I enjoy UPS and its benefits but just can't keep up.
    Any tips?
  2. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised they haven't asked you to be a part-time supe by now.
  3. PT Crazy

    PT Crazy New Member

    Any openings in rewrap, revenue recovery, or small sort?
  4. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Try a different job area. Slow down. Go to your own doctor.
  5. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    When you say a bit older.....just what are we talking about here?
  6. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Those jobs are all held by 8+ year seniority people in my building.

    If preloading is too much for you, you will not be able to do FT driving either.
  7. billerz

    billerz Active Member

    Slowing down your pace should help a lot. Sign the bid sheets to transfer positions if they do that in your area.
  8. Dale1978

    Dale1978 New Member

    Thanks for your replies guys. I did have a work related injury a few months back. I was on light duty for three months but have been released by the doctor. My hip continues to hurt and I am worried I am wrecking my body.
    If I did go to a non UPS doctor what would happen if they did discover an injury. Would I be able to challenge the UPS doctors?
    I would love to be able to slow down the pace but any time I do I have my supervisor on my tail. What would happen if I just ignored him? Would I be fired?
    Oh, I am 38 and not really interested in a full time driving job due to family obligations.
  9. Bastiatian

    Bastiatian Active Member

    Doubtful. They'll just say you weren't following the methods. Speaking of which, follow them and work safe. If you're pestered about your speed, just say you're working as quickly and as safely as you can. Don't be a hero. It's the entire job description for PT sups to get people off the clock as fast as they can, and that necessarily means trying to keep employees as "productive" as possible.

    Here's Article 37, section 1(a), from the National Master Agreement for your enjoyment.

    "The parties agree that the principle of a fair day's work for a fair day's pay shall be observed at all times and employees shall perform their duties in a manner that best represents the Employer's interest. The Employer shall not in any way intimidate, harass, coerce or overly supervise an employee in the performance of his or her duties. The Employer shall not retaliate against employees for exercising their rights under this Agreement. In considering any grievance alleging retaliation for exercising his rights under the Agreement, the severity and timing of the Employer's actions that modify an employee's work assignment or reprimand employees shall be relevant factors to a determination of motivation. The Employer will treat employees with dignity and respect at all times, which shall include, but not be limited to, giving due consideration to the age and physical condition of the employee. Employees will also treat each other as well as the Employer with dignity and respect.
  10. Arch

    Arch Member

    That. If you can't get them try primary, secondary or pick off. Those are the next best thing compared to preloading, loading and unloading.
  11. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 mouth breathers...everywhere

    UPS light duty for 3 months? since when? It is my understanding that we are limited to 30 days light duty...and if you still can't return to full duty, you have to go out on comp.
  12. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 mouth breathers...everywhere

    agreed...good luck getting moved to small sort after 18 months...unless there are employees with less than 18 months seniority working there. It took me 9 years.
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  13. Dale1978

    Dale1978 New Member

    No, I was truly on light duty for almost three months before the doctor released me. I am now back to loading trucks. Perhaps different areas cover it differently.
  14. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    30 working days?
  15. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    The small sort does seem to have a lot of gals there. Is the company being bias?
  16. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 mouth breathers...everywhere

    Which is still less than 3 months.
  17. Savvy412

    Savvy412 Active Member

    Ask if you can go to small


    My hub has fresh rookies in small