sorrows of a unloader

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by shagmon, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. shagmon

    shagmon New Member

    Hi I've ben working at UPS for about 6 weeks as a unloader. Now that peak season is over, my supervisor told me and a few others that they have very "low volume" from now on and told us we aren't needed anymore.I am confused because i was paying my union dues and now it looks like they will "call me whenever they need me" but i am still an employee and i thought we are guaranteed a certain amount of hours each week......
     
  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Oops.
     
  3. fres431

    fres431 Active Member

    You've been laid of However make sure they officially notify you and make sure ya get a steward that way they can't terminate ya for job abandonment. When volume picks up again you'll be out back on
     
  4. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Check in to a Union withdraw card or you will be paying dues for all the weeks you are laid off.
     
  5. TwnWrkr

    TwnWrkr New Member

     
  6. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    You need to talk to the HR person and find out your real status. But since you say you been working for UPS for only 6 weeks that means your where hired during the free period meaning you where hired as a seasonal employee unless they kept you after Jan 15. In which that case you would be consider a permanent employee. Your where paying union dues because you where working in a union shop.

    You have been laid off welcome to the working world it happens to millions of people each week. Hopefully they will call you back but since you where hired in Nov don't count on it. You can reapply for a permanent job online or for another seasonal gig next year.
     
  7. TwnWrkr

    TwnWrkr New Member

    why are you paying union dues? you need to work 40 out of 70 days(5 days x week x 8 weeks =40 days) You need to work 40 days to make book.I don`t think you were paying dues.
     
  8. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    You don't need to make book to be paying union dues...
     
  9. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    You don't have to be in the Union to be paying Union dues.
     
  10. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    That's a better way to put it...
     
  11. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Not that I agree.
     
  12. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    So you rather have scabs working than paying members be it temporary or permanent.

    Or is it you can be a scab if your a temp.
     
  13. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I guess I mean all permanent employees should be Union members. Seasonal and temps should not have to pay dues. I believe you are saying UPS will abuse the seasonal and temps. Sure they will and they do. The only person you are punishing is that $10/hr seasonal or temp.
     
  14. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    So what Temp / seasonal should pay the one that Start in June or just the ones that start in Nov and Dec. Also if they get hired on as FT then should they have to pay back dues or not.

    As i see it you work in a union shop temporary you should be paying union dues. When you become permanent you then should have to pay initiation fees.
     
  15. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I agree with what you are saying. The only thing is the IBT gave UPS the choices and UPS took advantage of it.
     
  16. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Temporary should not mean 6 or 9 months out of the year for starting wages. Fix the contract instead of penalizes the starting workers.
     
  17. Jahrose

    Jahrose New Member

    Yes same thing happened to me. I am very confused, they never said we were seasonal employees and I am paying union dues and a 25 int fee on my check. I took this job as a steady job or otherwise I would of not bothered to take it. Section 5, article 22 of the union master agreement saids permanent part timers are guaranteed 3.5 hours a week no matter if there is work or not. I counted on working on Monday and now i have no work. What can I do? Do I call HR or the union. I have been very happy there even though the work is hard.
     
  18. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I believe you mean 3.5 hours a day. Call the Union hall and find out what your options are. This time of year gets a little strange with no volume one day and blows up the next.
     
  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Are they entitled to a guarantee if they haven't made book?
     
  20. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Sorry you fell for that BS they tell all the new peak employees that are hired during the free pierod. They don't dare say "we want to hire you for just a few weeks and no matter how many breaks you have skipped or how unsafe you worked trying to meet their numbers you will be let go (polite way of saying you are fired) right after Christmas".