Swing Driver Discipline

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by l22, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. l22

    l22 Active Member

    Can a swing driver at Express be given warning letters/performance reminders solely based on low SPH, lates, gap reports, numbers? Is it possible for a swing driver to lose his or her position as a swing driver based solely on poor performance (not counting safety ie. accidents/occurances)? It seems the swings at my station just take their time and focus on safety (as they should) and still get to keep their jobs as swing drivers with low 'numbers.' I ask because I am considering taking a swing position which has recently come up where I am.
     
  2. I think they can be off the sph by a certain percentage..
     
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Are you not cutting it and are trying to find a position where you can barely get by?
     
  4. l22

    l22 Active Member

    No, that doesn't matter. I can only lose my job getting into accidents. Swing drivers get extra money.
     
  5. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    U have to be really bad to lose ur job even as a swing driver at FedEx. I would recommend not becoming a swing though, if you are single maybe. Married I wouldn't do it. You are always a call off away from basically running a 12 hour day
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    That's funny because nowhere in your post did you mention money as a consideration for the move.
     
  7. l22

    l22 Active Member

    I'm currently single after a long divorce and am looking to make a little extra money. This is just a P/T Swing position though. But it would be a better schedule than what I have now.
     
  8. MAKAVELI

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    Never heard of a P/T swing.
     
  9. outtatime

    outtatime Active Member

    Do the routes to the best of your ability and safely and you'll be fine. Don't worry about the number/reports, that's your managers problem to worry about. Being a swing is not worth the extra $.80 or so an hour. If you need extra money just slow down a little every day and add an hour to each day.
     
  10. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    They tried to have one at my station. No one would sign up for it. Lol.
     
  11. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Don't worry about bull:censored2: reports just run the route and don't kill anyone.

    Most swings kill the regular drivers numbers anyway
     
  12. l22

    l22 Active Member

    I would only be concerned about potentially losing my position and being demoted to a handler. I know of one courier who was demoted but because of too many accidents, not lates, gaps, or SPH. I wouldn't care about being a swing because I have no real emotions to this work other than doing the job to the best of my ability. I'm good at staying cool under pressure
     
  13. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Also if your coming from a long time of having a route swing driving isn't for you. Most Swings are purely production they don't care about the customers like a route driver would, they just want to run and go home
     
  14. l22

    l22 Active Member

    Haha that's exactly what I'm coming from. I've had only 1 route since I started a couple years ago and have only covered a few others - these really weren't very difficult with a map handy. I'm fine with something being late if it has to be, my main focus is safety.
     
  15. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    When I was learning our rural routes they were all still RD maps after that I was pretty sure I could do anything lol

    If your mind is made up you might as well go for it, they won't demote you
     
  16. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    It's tough enough for them to get swings, they aren't going to terminate a swing for low numbers.
     
  17. outtatime

    outtatime Active Member

    Exactly. The only way they can get swings now is an off the street new hire who doesn't know any better and just wants a $19 hr job. Trouble with that is most will quit within the first 3 months.
     
  18. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Discipline is applied the same at every FedEx location, so you can be assured of fair treatment. If you have an issue, there is the GFT Process, which always treats the employee fairly.

    And, yes, a swing off the street is probably one of the worst jobs a newbie can be assigned. I've seen quite a few leave within a week.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015
  19. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Just take it if that's all your worried about. I know many long time swings that only stay swings because they aren't bothered by the normal courier bull:censored2:. Just remember, they only need the route covered so they can go home. They seriously don't care as long as you get it done without any major problems.
     
  20. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Tried to pm you about some strange stories I've seen but your page doesn't work.