Volunteer for driver helper question.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Killzone, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Killzone

    Killzone New Member

    So I work preload and when I was coming out of the building they were asking if we wanted to volunteer for driver helper, how do all this work? And when do you go back to preload? Is it worth it? Thanks in advance
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You would driver help in addition to your preload job. It is worth it.
     
  3. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    When you say volunteer, that means for free, lol
     
  4. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    You can put you name on the list but they prefer to use outside people first as helper. Either way in my area helper don't start till after Thanksgiving. Peak these days isn't as long as it was in the past because of the internet people can order something today and have it tomorrow.
     
  5. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    Not worth it. Wait until peak season, work pre-load, then apply to be a drivers helper for FedEx.
     
  6. Killzone

    Killzone New Member

    Thanks you guys! I'll stay in my area. I'll tell my sup. that I don't want to do driver helper.
     
  7. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Be a driver helper. it might give you a better prospective of the drivers day. Plus you don't have to think, just follow orders.
     
  8. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Be a driver helper. It might give you a better perspective of the drivers day. Plus you don't have to think, just follow orders.
     
  9. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain part-time bossman

    driver helpers make a couple $ more per hour than preloaders, and the work is far more interesting imo

    also, you'll be out of the center away from all the micromanaging

    you'd be crazy not to choose that over loading trucks
     
  10. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    You do both in my building as long as you stay under 8 total hours.
     
  11. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    Driver helpers here make $8.50/hr. Doesn't matter what you make in preload, you'll get 8.50. The only way this becomes worth it is ... after 8 hours total for the day, you get overtime at the 8.50 rate.
     
  12. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Are you sure? Make more then that here.
     
  13. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    Yes. I did it last year. Toward the end of peak, I was working 7-hours in preload. That means, I only got the 8.50 for one single hour, then it jumped to 12.75 for the rest of the day. My paystub showed 4 different pay rates: preload rate, preload overtime, helper rate, helper overtime.

    Maybe it varies by region/state?
     
  14. Killzone

    Killzone New Member

    Oh I see, after your done with driver helper or when the peak season ends you go back to your regular position?
     
  15. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    Before the economy went south, seasonal helpers here made 1/2 of what top rate was. When the economy crashed, the rate was reduced to 8.50, and the quality of help has been for the most part terrible ever since.
     
  16. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    A driver helper position is in addition to your regular shift. You will be working your normal shift every day, and driver helping afterwards. After peak, you will no longer be driver helping.
     
  17. Justaname

    Justaname Member

    I would work 6 or 7 hours preload and then do an additional 5 driver helper. Loved the extra money.
     
  18. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Don't do it.
     
  19. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    If you're not hit by a car, bit by a dog, caught on camera for something, or disliked by your driver, yes. If you need extra cash and have the time, I'd look for a FT job or another PT job. Retailers will be hiring for a lot more and you won't get physically abused like a driver helper.
     
  20. DTAHONDA

    DTAHONDA New Member

    its worth it. i helped last month and made driver rate. during peak its only 8.50 an hour.