Swing driver

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Scuderia1, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Scuderia1

    Scuderia1 Member

    I was hired for the section I live in but they decided to put me in a very different section where I am completely clueless about. I was told I would be a swing driver. Just wondering do swing drivers normally get full time hours or do they call you here and there?


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  2. Are you a permanent hire?
     
  3. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Depends on your local. Here all of our cover drivers are full time. In other places they have temporary cover drivers which is here of there work.
     
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  4. Scuderia1

    Scuderia1 Member

    Yes permanent full time.


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  5. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Swing driver sounds like you will deliver or pick up anywhere in your centers area. Kind of like what I do PT for top driver pay. Okay, see where you are permanent FT cover driver. You will be trained to cover several FT routes for vacation or call ins.
     
  6. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    No matter what you were told, you were not hired to do a specific area. Somebody probably had the idea to start you where you might know your way around.

    Until you have enough seniority to bid a route, you will work where you are assigned.
     
  7. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Swing driver is a new term for me.
     
  8. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    OP, do you mean they switched you to a different center that's part of your local? That often happens.

    I was shipped to a center 50 miles from home leaving the center that was 5 miles from home. My home center is the "seniority center" out of the 5 centers in my local so it often takes years to bid back into it.

    As a driver, early on, you'll always be thrown into areas you're unfamiliar with. You'll learn lot of it. No need to worry about it.
     
  9. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Yup, foreign to me too. It's cover driver here.
     
  10. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Split driver. Although, some may swing? Who knows?
     
  11. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.


    Replace this with "you will be sent out blind into many areas you've never been to and told good luck. Better get it all delivered."
     
  12. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    I gotta new bible for you, its called Rand McNally edition 2014
     
  13. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    At least today, we have the invaluable smart phone as a tool. Not saying to depend on it solely, but it can get you out of jams.

    For those that only had a paper map years ago, that had to suck. I know a lot of guys still say to stick with paper, it's better... in some ways yes. But a live map shows you exactly where you are. Sometimes you can be looking at a paper map but if you have no point of reference other than driving until you find some signs that can be a pain and a time killer.

    Outside of the efficiency of using turn by turn here or there, sometimes Google can be your friend. Sometimes you'll find you'll need business info. I've brought up company web sites for such info. Like looking up business hours for a misloaded package.

    Tip: just like looking at your diad, only use walk time when using your phone for help. You can have a productive day even when you don't know an area.
     
  14. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    did they give you that technology?????
     
  15. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    Swing Driver=F/T driver w/o his/her own rte. Makes top rate.
    Cover Driver=P/T driver who covers vacations. Makes less but does same as thing swing driver.(mostly gets sent back to p/t job in summer)
    That's how it is here.
     
  16. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    INDESCION is the all time greatest "swing driver"
     
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Swing drivers are called FT cover drivers here.

    Cover drivers are called PT cover drivers here.

    We also have casuals who work as needed.
     
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The only problem I had with the maps was figuring out how to fold them after I was done.

    Yawn.
     
  19. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Roll the maps. Don't fold the maps. How many times do I have to tell you?
     
  20. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    Twister?