Well the wait is over

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TheBeerDriver, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. TheBeerDriver

    TheBeerDriver Member

    So I've been trying to get my foot in the door at UPS for awhile now to get some time in and hopefully become a driver one day. I finally got it, I'm currently a package handler in the local sort.

    I like the job, it's not the best gig in the world but it's not bad. BUT, a package car job seems a little out of reach for me. The shortest time a guy has went driving recently is 15 years.

    I have a newborn baby and a pretty good job as it is so I think I'm going to help my guys through peak and put ups behind me. I don't want to miss out on my kids life working a second job everyday.

    Just a little rant/vent...
     
  2. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    A fairly common tale.
     
  3. TheBeerDriver

    TheBeerDriver Member

    Yeah, I'm fortunate enough to have a job where I could promoted and make some decent $. I just got a raise at my ft job also so that helps.
     
  4. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Would you pay a dime to see this?

    Put your name on the PT to FT transfer list for nearby buildings if they're a reasonable distance away.
     
  5. TheBeerDriver

    TheBeerDriver Member

    I think the closest hub or center is 70 miles from our center.
     
  6. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Would you pay a dime to see this?

    Nevermind that then. I had two guys in my center over the last 15 years that commuted distances further than that and it wasn't worth it for them.
     
  7. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    That is not allowed everywhere, so that may not even be an option.
     
  8. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I call BS on the 15 year thing.
     
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  9. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Heck, only 70 miles?
     
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  10. We can't transfer buildings unless they move your work.
     
  11. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    You need to see if and when any drivers are retiring. Just because the last guy waited 15 yrs means nothing to you. And sign every bid sheet. I have seen guys miss an opportunity because they didn't sign.
     
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  12. TheBeerDriver

    TheBeerDriver Member

    Dude is 33, just started driving. Started at ups at 18. His seniority date is in 2000.
     
  13. Geo926

    Geo926 Active Member

    Lol 15 years. Our center is desperate for drivers.
     
  14. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Check the full time seniority list.
     
  15. TheBeerDriver

    TheBeerDriver Member

    He doesn't have one yet. Hasn't made 30 days, and I don't know if his days driving right now are counting or not.
     
  16. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    No. Look at the list of drivers which has their start date and seniority order.
     
  17. Billy Ray

    Billy Ray God, help us all.....

    Took me almost 13, and I was already old when I started.
     
  18. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    You can't always look at the previous drivers as solid evidence of how long it takes. Our last guy to go FT had 8 months of seniority. The guy before him, had 6 years. Things can change fast.
     
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  19. 15 years is insane to wait. That's 19 years to get top rate. That 15 year guy probably turned down chance to go driving. Of the last 20 or so drivers in my center, half were hired on as drivers, no wait.
     
  20. Bagels

    Bagels Family Leave Fridays!!!

    In many areas, it's no BS. In my facility, UPS went 11 years without posting a FT driving bid, and the guys who got the bid had close to 15 years. UPS exploited the contract to utilize seasonal & temporary cover drivers to fill voids -- we had a large number of PTers who drove seasonally / as temporary cover drivers for years and our BA would only advise 'as long as you do it, UPS will have no incentive to hire FT.'

    Some Los Angeles-area BC users have reported 15 year waits in their buildings, which isn't surprising given the large population base, high wage & FREE health care (which is notoriously expensive in SoCal).