Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by BlackJack616, Apr 12, 2010.
How hard is it to get a week off if your out of personal/vacation time for personal reasons.
bottom line---if they like you and they have enough bodies to cover everything you might have a chance. If they don't like you - no chance in hell.
Soo I really need to start "Brown" nosing ....
It wont hurt to just ask if its possible. As long as they have coverage it shouldn't be an issue. Most centers have enough routes cut out, there are plenty of drivers wanting the work. You might also ask your shop steward what your options are. Good luck.
If there is adequate staffing it shouldn't be an issue.
This is very dependent on your management team.
My center manager would tell you "hell no" while the 3 of our drivers work about 5 days a month. Do you need personal time or is their any kind of situation you need the time off for? If you just want a week to play well GL.
If it were me, I'd try to make it a week before Memorial Day, after that, with vacations, the staffing is always tight. I usually have to work 5 days a week from June 1-Aug 31. That just kills me.
You could opt for retirement
Leave of absence... it's covered in your contract book... don't remember all the details, but it is there.
Hes speaking of article 16 sec 2. You can ask for a leave of absence. They dont have to grant it though. Your required to submit the request in writing to UPS and teamsters 30 days ahead of time unless you dont know when you will need it. They have to respond w/ in 10 days.
Is your back sore? Do your wrists hurt? Are you stressed out? I bet the first response from a doctor would be to take some time off work, maybe even a week, and they would probably even be willing to write you an official doctor's note to that effect. I'm not saying to be dishonest and lie to a doctor... but come on... what UPSer doesn't have one of these symptoms after a long days work.
Not necessarily true... in our center we have a driver they don't like and he has worked maybe 5-10 days each month since January. Word is that he lost his medical coverage but doesn't care.
A number of very good responses to your question, blackjack. Have you asked?
Yeah good responses indeed. I'm not worried about getting the week off now, but I haven't asked yet.... still thinking which route i want to go in how i would get off.
I do have some personal days that i just checked up on, but theres a good chance they'll get denied, it seems i have the worst luck with personals getting denied..
the reason I would take off is to visit a family member out of state whos been having some rough time lately.
If that family member happens to be sick FMLA is available. They have to give you that and you can take up to 12 weeks. Its not paid time but it cant be denied.
I would think a "leave of absence" request would be for a period longer than a week. I knew 2 drivers that had requested a leave of absence and both were denied. Be prepared to have a target on your back if you just disappear for a week without permission or if they think you are faking an illness or injury.
Blackjack, Not sure where you are located but out here in Northern California if you have the days on the books and you give them 10 working days written notice they have to give you the time as long as they are available. As long as there isn't 5% of the drivers off in your center you should be good. I don't know how much time that they have to get back to you for that but it should be within a day or so. Good Luck
Its 10 days bro. It doesnt say working. Also you can bump a lower seniority person signed up if you give 30 working days notice.
Not around here Sword. If they approve the time off they cannot take it from you for any reason.
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