Swing driver premium to vanish in the near future

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by thedownhillEXPRESS, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    Anyone else hearing this.

    With DRA going live nearly everywhere by years end it sure makes sense...
  2. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I think I lucked up...we don't even have ROADS here. Which makes me believe they will be closing this location eventually. But who'd be a swing without the premium?
  3. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    You'll see pay guarantee's for swings go away. Effectively negating any pay premium.
  4. Myort

    Myort Member

    The premium that might go away is the $.30/hr that was added on in 2008 as a way to attract more people to become swings and help retain swing drivers. This shows up on the paycheck just like a shift premium did.
  5. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Nothing surprises me any more. Fred basically has a scorched earth policy when it comes to us.
  6. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I sure hope all of you are wrong. I'm gettin ready to sign my life away, again. Good thing I don't have rose colored glasses on. I'm fully aware of the screwing I willbe getting on a daily basis. :-(
  7. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    The swings will just be the constant influx of new hires who then eventually quit or move on, they do not need experienced swings with DRA....
  8. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Fred always tries to find new avenues to get that "free lunch."
  9. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I guess so. Sounds like they can bring anyone in on their day off and throw them on a route they don't know.
  10. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Do you guys think the majority of swings do it for the money or they get bored easily?
  11. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    First swing for me was to go FT. 2nd time was to get into an area that I wouldn't get otherwise with my seniority. It's the best way for low seniority couriers to transfer, although being a 4X10 cover is good too with less hassle.
  12. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    I thinks it's a combination of the two. Half the swings at my station like the changes everyday, the rest can't wait to bid on a FT route. I figure the average station has 8 to 10 swings, some alot more, some alot less. 30 cents x 12 hours x 10 swings is 36 bucks a day, that should get Fred to his 1.7 billion, I guess!


    Most swings I know do it just waiting for the "right" FT route open up, then bid on it. They hate the fact of basically not knowing where they'll be throw on a daily basis. At my station, managers' do with them how they please. The money incentive is not enough.
  14. Guapo

    Guapo New Member

    I left swinging to a regular route and don't care for it. I'll go back to swing soon as I can because of boredom. Unless I can move on to greener pastures sooner.