Relatively new, breaking jams, got a question for you guys

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DontThinkJustWork, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. DontThinkJustWork

    DontThinkJustWork New Member

    I started in August as a loader and they've recently had me doing jam-breaks a couple days a week when the regular jam-breaker goes home early. So far this job is relatively easy compared to loading, but I feel like some guys resent the fact that I'm new and am breaking jams as I've been told by a few guys I've got the "easy" job. My avg PPH on rollers is between 320-380 and on an extendo around 380-450. Is my sup putting me here because I'm a slow loader, some other reason, or am I just over-analyzing?
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You are over analyzing.
  3. steward71

    steward71 Active Member

    don't worry about what others have to say, just do the job they ask you to do. If the people who are complaining want to file then let them. if they don't then that is on them. you will find at UPS most people like to complain about everything and not do anything about nothing, but just start a line of BC that will just make you worry, do worry about them and just do what they ask. talk to your sup and ask him or her if that is why they have you breaking jams, it may be that is all they have for you to do at this point. good luck.
  4. TheKid

    TheKid Well-Known Member

  5. DontThinkJustWork

    DontThinkJustWork New Member

    I'll just ask my sup, thanks for the response. WAD ????
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Work as directed---it is a term you had best become familiar with as a union employee.
  7. DontThinkJustWork

    DontThinkJustWork New Member

    ok, thank you for clearing that up. the only response SUPs get from me when they ask me to do something is "ok", or "you got it". and yeah the guy that busts my balls about it is a loudmouth and complains daily to everyone, thinks UPS is out to get him and does 200/hr. I didn't think it meant much but i figured it couldn't hurt to ask. thanks, again
  8. TheKid

    TheKid Well-Known Member

    Work As Directed.
  9. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    If you're pulling over 340 on roller trucks you're definitely an asset to your PD.
  10. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    There's something very wrong with any operation that actually has a regular job called Jam-Breaker.
  11. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    I think the jam breaker comes down from small sort . I doubt its a regular title, they probably just want more time on the clock. The supes break most of the jams until the sort is done. Also, on my PD we have enough bodies, so the seasonals are just breaking jams which helps.
  12. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain part-time bossman

    could be tons of reasons, depending on the other employees, your supervisor, blah blah blah

    but like JonFrum pointed out, your operation has something wrong with it if it needs a dedicated jam-breaker....
  13. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    As you very well know, everything with USP is about numbers. The employee is just a number as well. Gotta deal with it, just put up or shut up. If they wanna cram 10,000+ packages down PD9's throat every night (which they do) this little number is gonna let all the nonsense roll off his back and work. There's always someone to complain to, it's just not worth it. If there truly is a designated position such as "jam breaker" than that person is stealing money imo. Might as well let that person load too, it's the logical thing to do. Did I say logical?????? Nah, nevermind
  14. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    The biggest reason you get a jam is because the flow is too fast for the speed of the belt. If the speed of the belt is determined by the time people and corporate is aware of the speed the belt is set at, your flow shouldn't be any faster than that. Period.
  15. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    We have several "newer" 22.3 combo jobs that are jam breaker/ *

    Safe to say next bid all five of my bids will include breaking jams. ;)
  16. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    If I were to bid it, the job description would change. :winks:
  17. dillweed

    dillweed Well-Known Member

    One of our belts gets jammed frequently. It gets so many pkgs that they pile up on top of each other going down the slide. Once that mess backs up something snags on an upper support and that's all she wrote.

    Another problem we have is longs. Unloaders sneak longs in with the rest, sorters get tired of complaining and/or dealing with them and just chuck them on the belts. Those make some fantastic jams that often take awhile to clear out.

    Jam breaking wouldn't be a good job in our building. Too often a belt isn't locked out, someone is on it and a crazed sup runs up and turns it back on without looking. I've seen some real near misses.
  18. 705red

    705red Browncafe Steward

    Breaking jams is hourly Union work! If you see your sups doing it, file on it immediately! The sups should be watching the flow of the unload to insure or try not to let the jam happen, instead of doing My or your job!
  19. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    I think breaking jams is probably the most dangerous aspect of any work we do. Extended reaches are common when breaking a jam, and I've had some close calls already trying to pull and push and twist those boxes to get them down the chute.
  20. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    that's why the belt turns off.