unemployment for cover drivers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by John38, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. John38

    John38 New Member

    In my building laid off cover drivers often file for a partial unemployment claim. But being a newer cover driver I have a lot of unanswered questions such as how does it work with your benefits? i currently work the local sort usually from 4-8pm but it isnt enough to make ends meet. So by opening up a claim to make up for what im not making on lack of driving and working local sort roughly 20 hours a week. Is that enough to keep my benefits?
     
  2. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    What did your shop steward say when you asked??
     
  3. John38

    John38 New Member

    couldnt give me a straight answer. said he would check the contract book
     
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    When I was a casual I would file for unemployment if I worked 2 or fewer days in a week.
     
  5. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    No where does it say your full time unless your supplement is diff from mine. Our cover drivers are part time. If you are a part time employee. Ups guarantees you 3.5hr a day.

    You cover drive knowing what u were getting into, idk how it's fair that you guys get a check from the gov if you are only part time.
     
  6. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    and that is why the OP should talk to the shop steward.
     
  7. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    I don't know your local but here it has no effect on our benefits. It also depended on how many hours you have been working and for how long. We have cover drivers work pretty much fulltime for years and then out of no where get sent back in the hub for a few months.
     
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Back when I was a casual (1989) we had to work 36 days in a quarter to get benefits for the following quarter so, yes, it does have an effect on our benefits.
     
  9. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    He said he works the 4-8 pm shift. He is applying for partial unemployment. So I don't see how that would effect the number of days he works.
     
  10. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    I don't understand how he is partially unemployed. He is obviously a part time employee who is guaranteed 3.5hr. If he was a laid off full time employee he would be getting his guaranteed 8 in the hub. He is classified part time and doesn't deserve any more than that.
     
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  11. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Don't know what to tell you. He can file for partial unemployment. They will subtract the amount he makes a week out of the amount they will give him. We have PT cover drivers that have been working ft for 5 or 6 years. A few just got sent back to the hub to work pt. They are filing.
     
  12. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    Typical of the new America. Let's pay a part time employee free money because his job is giving him part time like what he signed up for.

    I don't understand how it's fair for a part time worker to work work part time, and then still get my tax money
     
  13. John38

    John38 New Member

    Thank you! Well I did know what I was signing up for, especially looking to forward to my future but for the mean time I gave up two other jobs working local sort 4-8pm also to be on call every morning to see if I'm driving. I'm not gonna say it's impossible but very hard to find a job willing to work with my situation. Therefore a partial claim is my best bet givin the situation
     
  14. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    Trust me I have been in your exact shoes after 2 years of cover driving every day. I found a way to make it. Did some things I'm not proud of but I got the bills paid.

    IMHO in your shoes you should have just waited to sign a full time bid sheet to be guarenteed your 40 hours. It's not uncle SAMs job to support your decision that at the current time was the wrong one. No disrespect just stating the truth. I have seen people who really need assistant not qualify for one reason or another so it kind of bothers me that people who are part time and work part time can get assistance.
     
  15. Bottom rung

    Bottom rung Active Member

    In many buildings, cover drivers are full time employees. Don't get the pitchforks and torches yet.
     
  16. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    He stated he works 4-8 thus he's part time
     
  17. John38

    John38 New Member

    I respect where your coming from but thanks to good ole Uncle Sam I have the right to do so. No disrespect to you also but if it's available to me I fully expect to take advantage of it. In my building I have no shot at a full time but sheet not even an option at this point for me
     
  18. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Funny how fast folks find work once the unemployment runs out.
     
  19. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    Murika!!!! Greatest country on earth.
     
  20. John38

    John38 New Member

    The way I was kind of explained of it was I'd be able to run my claim up to or just prior to next peak and would be able to reopen around April of 2017 should I be in the same situation. Hopefully not of course