what is up in tenn.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by retired2000, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    just came back from vacation. we were in the gatlinburg tenn area. saw alot of package car drivers and i would say that 3 out of every 4 i saw had their bulkhead door open. what gives.
     
  2. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    No Telematics? Just a guess.
     
  3. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    We spent a week down in Gatlinburg a few years ago, right around this time of year in fact. Did a lot of hiking and running on the AT right there in the Smoky Mountains, it was beautiful and made me think seriously about doing a thru-hike sometime after I retire. I ran into the driver whose route included the park at a country store, he really seemed to like it, lots of miles, not so many boxes :happy2:. I didn't notice whether or not he had his bulkhead door open though. Guess I'd make a lousy manager :wink2:.
     
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Jones,
    His bulkhead door was definitely closed......because it would've HIT your eyes hard if it was opened.

    After 9 yrs. of hubby being retired, it still makes me take notice when a Bulkhead is open.
     
  5. Livin the Dream?

    Livin the Dream? Disillusioned UPSer

    My wife and I traveled from NJ to FL once, we had this old 1970s Chevy truck & a 30 foot trailer. New engine in it, and the damn thing kept overheating. We should have stopped the trip when we broke down within 30 minutes of starting - we had to fill up the radiator with mod-water from a puddle. Hit a gas pump while re-filling with fuel. Caught the bed of the truck on fire with a lit cigarette, slept in the cab of the truck.

    At the time we said we would look back on the experience with humor, but it has been 9 years since that trip & it still gives us nightmares. We went to pick up VWs some guy was selling, and it ended up that he sold them before we got there. I think we saw signs for TN, but not sure. Didn't notice anything regarding the bulkheads, but, then again, I was not employed by UPS at the time.
     
  6. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    Ah, the good old days!
     
  7. ups_vette

    ups_vette New Member


    helen...When I started driving (March '63) section one was the cab of my pkg car. I never closed the bulkhead door, This was on my first day with the Center Manager training me.
     
  8. hellfire

    hellfire no one considers UPS people."real" Teamsters.-BUG

    man whats up with people,, every post turns into this crap
     
  9. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Hang around a while and you might see why.
     
  10. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Those Gatlinburg drivers drive over an hour and a half from Knoxville just to start their routes because corporate didn't want to expand the centers that should be handling that area. They are supposed to go out with around 6.5 hours of work because of the commute time but they get screwed allot. Imagine that. <---sarcasm.
     
  11. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    They must be a little behind times, haven't heard of Satellite Centers yet.
     
  12. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    An extended center should be handling that area but a satellite center would be a good idea too. I don't think the satellite centers are very popular with the union in Tennessee. One was turned down in my area so maybe they fight against having them in East Tennessee too.
     
  13. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    That's crazy. We actually drove to Knoxville one day while we were down there, I don't remember exactly how long it took but 90+ minutes sounds about right. A lot of the area is obviously rural but Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have plenty of commercial work between them. With the long commute time I would think that they would be screwing themselves by sending those guys out heavy because how are they gonna get the air back in time?
     
  14. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    They must have an air driver that gets the air from them and goes directly to the Gateway in Alcoa at the Airport. Thats the only thing I can think of.
     
  15. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    What was the point of moding this thread so harshly?
     
  16. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Same with me ... it also made the back cooler during the summer.
    I did keep it locked during lunch and to/from area.
    Had LP come by and do an audit and never heard anything about it. That was 1978 though.
     
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Keeping the bulkhead door open, opening the rear doors and driving really fast on a back road gets all of the packing peanuts and other trash out of the pkg car.
     
  18. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    I think the union has just conceded in some areas that Sat Cens are just a fact of life and have stopped fighting them. At least around here it's that way. We still have a few that are an hour and fifteen away but there are SAt feeder drivers close by to meet up with for out going volume.

    UpState, the back roads around here will bring more dirt into those open back doors than you can sweep out back at the center.lol
     
  19. Stran

    Stran Holy Toledo

    Different rules for different parts of the country!!! Imagine that!!! I have talked to drivers all over and some have to keep their bulkhead doors shut. For others it is not mandatory...just depends on where you are and how the rules are enforced :happy-very:
     
  20. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    If you're lucky enough, you might just get rid of a few stops too!:wink2: