What are you gonna do? Type in all caps?
Those ones that aren't so cooperative no matter how much you try all end up at a building somewhere. Much like at mine, which is called the 'Black Hole' inn the district. Because of the worthlessness they have sent to my building, no one else-I am talking management- wants to come here. Not because of the hourlies, either. We are considered saints for dealing with the management we have been dealt over the years, and for tolerating our dispatcher all these years. These are comments I have heard with my own ears coming from some whom are paid way more than we are.
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."-Woodrow Wilson-
Got my letter today. Called and spoke to a rep at the HRSC number specifically about the paragraph pertaining to reporting if you are taking a day off and the number of hours you NORMALLY work. I pointed out that it is impossible to figure ...as some I work 8, some 11. The rep said he had an answer. He said that they are averaging you hours over the last 13 weeks to come up with a number that will be used for an average day. When I pointed out that under the contract we are only gauraunteed 8 hours per day therefore the amount of hours that should be averaged is 8 hours ,the rep vapor locked and had to go to his mgr for the answer. He came back and said he was told to refer me to my HR mgmt team. I asked him,based on an earlier statement by him about "he being unable to acsess the UPS program on his system" if he was a 3rd party office contracted to handle this for UPS. He said that ,no, they were UPS employees and this policy was written by mgmt. No surprise.
So tonight I will go in a bit early and go to HR to point out the "hours" discrepancy in the policy and see what they say. I'll also ask why no other form of call in employee has to use such a system. Should be interesting. I'll also snag my steward and get him up to speed and based on that may file a grievance. A call to the DOL will come tomorrow.
A couple of years ago I went through a rough patch. Long story but the jist is that I told my OR I needed sometime to get my head back together. He gave me a week off. Disability. No questions asked. And no return to work release which he could have easily insisted on. I was in no shape to be able to do my work safely and coherently.
I couldn't agree with you more.
I get your frustration and understand it. In my center we have a couple of drivers that have FMLA. I am one. I look at it as you do and agree with you. I let my sup know ahead of time if it is at all possible. Hell, I took yesterday off and I have the 27th off for FMLA. My sup knew about these days weeks ago. We have one driver (back injury years ago) who does not do this (at least as much as possible). The driver will get slammed one day and be off the next on FMLA. Happens all the time. Is it right or wrong is not for me to judge. Part of me says yes and part says no.
If the dispatch was more fairly done, then maybe that driver wouldn't have to take as much FMLA.
I had a huge headache trying to get my fmla for my son being born. Wanted to get everything done 30 days prior. Informed management I needed fmla forms to fill out. They asked how much time I wanted. The center manager seemed annoyed I wanted 4 weeks. So they print out the forms. I have my wife take the forms to her doc to fill out and I fill out the rest. Turn them in 2 days later, then I get them back 3 days after that saying "we switched everything the day you turned these in to UPSERS.com. You will have to redo all of this online." So I get online finally find out you have to call HRSC and set it up. Then their email doesn't work for 4 days. So finally get everything filled out AGAIN and faxed in.
As for calling in. HRSC just told me to follow normal call in process when he is born. I didn't even have to call in because my wife's water broke right before my pick ups. They had someone come out and finish my route. Sup just said "so ill see you in 4 weeks from tomorrow, congrats!"
Funny thing, ill be returning on a friday as it worked out. Ease back into it!