The next few weeks

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by box_beeyotch, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    This is my first post peak season as a full time cover, just curious what to expect this coming week and the few weeks to follow? Any advice, tips, or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. sailfish

    sailfish Having way too much fun.

    Things will get slow and you probably won't do much driving till summer or late spring. They'll probably put you back on preload or whatever belt shift you were on prior to peak until then.
     
  3. youllbefine

    youllbefine Active Member

    They will cut routes and send you out with a stop count that would have been approved for a 6 hr helper !!
     
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  4. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Be willing to learn routes. While seniority rules, knowledge will get you hours. The more routes you know or are willing to learn, the more days you will be working.
     
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  5. Whatbrownwontdoforyou

    Whatbrownwontdoforyou Well-Known Member

    And most important beware of all the ups reports that come out January and February because they usually like to knit pic this time of year
     
  6. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Seriously? UPS nitpick? Oh that's just plain old crazy talk.
     
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  7. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Things will get back to normal. Take the paid day for example: a mere 10 hours.
     
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  8. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm pretty knowledgeable. I know about 15 routes, 3 whole loops, and I have vast knowledge of different areas from my peak route. I'm more than willing to go out in the blind as I'm still young and dumb enough to enjoy the challenge lol.
     
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  9. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    If you have area knowledge you should be able to work most days. In my center senior drivers take off a day a week. Some will take two a week. I often have to call in to get a day off. Sometimes I think I know too many routes.
     
  10. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    Lol yeah I know all the right ones. From April when I started until peak started, I only had 3 layoff days and I came in and worked local sort.
     
  11. Pooter

    Pooter Active Member

    Unfortunately with the mass hiring you might be laid off 2 days a week.

    Always call and never take a day off when asked, even if they try to guilt trip you with lower seniority drivers need work too. It sucks but we all climb the same ladder.

    Hopefully u aren't dead last in seniority.
     
  12. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

    I personally dont care about getting laid off a bunch. Long as its not permanent. I was making bank as an air driver getting max wage for 2 years why ups was understaffed. Now i switched to fulltime and making the lowest wage. So i might as well just sit back and relax til i get a higher pay scale again.
     
  13. Mike hunt

    Mike hunt Guest

    A lot of vacations the month of January and heavy volume. Probably run a lot of stuff you know.
     
  14. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    No sir, actually I have about 10 guys below me as I was in the first wave of the mass full time promotions.
     
  15. AKCoverMan

    AKCoverMan Active Member

    Brown up and show up every morning. If your there ready to go you can get put in as a game-time decision. Senior guys who want to take a day will hand in their DIADs.
     
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  16. cheeks

    cheeks Member

    Show up every day, ask drivers if they want the day off, TAKE their diad board from their hand to help them decide.
     
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  17. box_beeyotch

    box_beeyotch Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming also if someone below me in seniority is scheduled for a route on any given day, I'm allowed to bump them?
     
  18. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Yes, you get to work before anyone below you, and after everyone above you, unless you have a bid route.
     
  19. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    January to April is when I make bank. Ot is available if you ask them for it.
    They will try to push the make believe numbers at you a.little more. DOK crap and assessments. Either way it makes you money. They haven't figured this scam out yet. Shhhhhhh!! Don't tell them :-)
     
  20. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    It's the best time of the year to make bank if you want the hours, just ask. Mention you wanna work and watch all the FT drivers crawl on their knees to attach their fob to your belt.