I've been reading a lot on the brown cafe recently so I've decided to go ahead and introduce myself and also because I have some questions myself directed towards center manager's of outbound operations. I'm a part time supervisor, been with UPS for 4 going on 5 years, I originally worked in the Mesquite, TX hub. Was promoted after 3 years of being a loader / pick-off once I transferred to the Austin, TX hub all of which where during the twilight sorts. I was lucky enough to end up under great full time supervisors here who really connect with all the part timers and don't treat us like we're worthless, which I saw plenty of at MESTX, my best friend was a pt supervisor there and coincidentally ended up as my first pts and the one to train me. I've been a supervisor for over a year now, and to be quite frank have turned several belts around, while attaining genuine respect from my employees, constantly making service, damages, load quality, etc. I'm wanting to either move up management or take the 6:1 route to become a driver, and have been leaning toward the latter especially after reading many of the topics in this subforum. I've heard this is a rare occurrence, but I've seen one pts accomplish this within the last year though he did the runaround from what I hear, and one just finished with driver training about a month ago. I've talked to an HR guy about going driving, and he's the one that informed me of the 6:1 deal but he's always kinda avoided me for some reason and acts really strange around me in particular. Is there someone else I should specifically talk to about this? Referring back to my original supervisor, he was a pts in the MESTX hub for 4 years, and was by far the best supervisor I have ever come across in MESTX and ATX. I model my leadership much like his and have found great success in his deep loyalty to his employees. Take care of them and they'll take care of you. He had a stellar reputation until he had a fallout with a FT supervisor. He made it out to be personal conflicts between the two so after he quit she gave him a negative rehire status. I want him to get back on with UPS in the AUSTX hub now. My question is would my regional manager be able to communicate with the MESTX hub in order to get that lifted and how difficult is this process? The guy can load 500/hr without misloads and his personality could go along way in redefining our hub morale, (back to the days when I was a loader lol.) These rookie loaders on other belts must not know what even 400/hr looks like. I've been working on bridging the gap between management and union members and have had nothing but good luck so far, even with drivers (though they're especially hard headed for some reason hehe). Im young (22) and my spirit hasn't been broken yet. ALL UPS employees have the potential to be great from what I've seen and from the people I've led, not just a supervisor but from when I was hourly as well. To me it seems ridiculous when I see the both mgmt and unionees troll these threads just to take shots at one another splitting the company even more. Despair and division will get us nowhere. I have enjoyed the brotherhood and comradery (and workout) UPS has given me and hope to be here for years to come. AUSTX 7879 baby!