We had late freight today, and when several part-timers were "asked" to stay late...they all refused. Good for them. The freight just sat there, and because 2 of our managers were already doing routes, it probably never hit the streets. Wouldn't it be great if more part-timers would stand their ground and follow the policies that keep them down to the letter? Let me explain. The biggest form of PT abuse is the "today we need you" but "tomorrow we don't" dilemma. FedEx gets a tremendously flexible workforce that might get 8 hrs today and minimums tomorrow. The trouble is that when they "need you" and you have other commitments (because you are PT) the hammer comes-out and you're not "part of the team" if you can't stay. Well, then make me FULL-TIME, you cheap SOB's. "It's not in the budget" or "MEM won't approve hiring" are typical lines that are thrown-out in response. That's crap. Here's the deal. If you are PT, they cannot require you to stay beyond your scheduled hours...no matter what. The plane or CTV can be 3 hours late...it's not your problem..it's theirs. And unless you stand your ground and leave them hanging, nothing is going to change. If you want to be PT, that's fine, but if you really want to be FT, they need to get the message that you're not playing their game, and nothing drives the point home like Code 01's, service failures, and managers having to do routes. If you are a PT RTD, you have even more power. Next time they "need you", use their own policies against them and go home. Yes, it might be tempting to earn a few extra bucks, but in the long run, you're not doing yourself any favors. Stand your ground, and don't give-in, especially if you've scheduled an appointment, have childcare issues, or anything else that is a priority for you. They only want you on their terms, and until you grow a set, the abuse will continue.