6 Years And.......

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by stevetheupsguy, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Our routes are up for bid this year, and for the past 6 years I've been on the same route. I guess the guy from across town thought that this route would be better than the route he is currently on, so he bumped me. Though I've become comfortable on this route, which is far from easy, though I make it look that way, I know that this is life and many things don't last in life. At times change can be good, so I'm going to accept this change as God's will, and move on to bigger and better things.

    No, this doesn't mean I'm quitting UPS, or God forbid, going into MGMT. It simply means that some things are not in my control, I realize that, and won't fight against this change. Hey, I might even find better things to take pictures of.

    Will I pick the "Downtown" route, will I pick a "Central" route, or will I take the route "Out West"? To be continued....
  2. TheKid

    TheKid Well-Known Member

    Good luck STUG. I have moved the last two bids . . . it is like the first day of school all over again when you start a new route.
  3. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    We bid for life. Being bumped would suck. Good luck.
  4. Brown287

    Brown287 Im not the Mail Man!

    Bid for life in my building. Do you still pull the TP60? Guy's that don't pull trailers have no idea what a pain they are until it's their responsibility. Well good luck.
  5. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    we bid once a year.... at least it wouldnt hurt for too long
  6. bigbrownhen

    bigbrownhen New Member

    Yep, we have long term bids here too. Thank goodness. I like my route and have a decent idea of what time I'll be home most of the time. There have been drivers bumped here last year, but that was due to routes being eliminated. There were some guys who had been on route for 10 yrs or more bumped.

    Best of luck to you on your new route Steve. You have the right attitude about the change, everything else will fall into place. :happy2:
  7. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    No, and I think that's why he bid the route. That and the fact that since I'm being divorced, I've been running and gunning, (though not skipping lunch, LOL), on the days I need to pick up my girls. I try to get them while there's still daylight so we can go swimming, rollerblading and such. Thank God for daylight savings time!

    The new driver is in for an awakening when he finds out that things just don't come off that fast, unless you're willing to sacrifice yourself. I predict one dissatisfied driver.
  8. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Thanks bbh! Same happening here. One senior driver bumped another, and so on, and so on..........
  9. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    So you are saying that some drivers work faster than others, while still taking lunch. You are stirring the BC pot.:angry:
  10. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    LOL, ain't that the truth. There are R/G's that skip lunch, take lunch and finish way early. There are fast method driver's that do both as well. As for me, right now I'm the perfect combination of both, or so I think.
  11. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    We bid every two years, I signed the bid list again for the seventh time on my current route. Hopefully you get a better route and this works out as a plus for you.
  12. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Come to Feeders. I bid this job last week, and was bumped the next day. Job before that was for 3 weeks. Job before that 2 weeks.
    New job next week.

    Jobs here have to be posted any time there is a change in start time, change in content, when someone goes on comp/disability, or when a senior man has to pass wind. Starts the whole bumping process.
  13. Raw

    Raw Raw Member

    Lot`s of route changes here, an over 25 year driver on a route for over 25 years bid off ! I think the new virtual time study here caused a route change domino effect. It`s good to change routes, keeps everyone on their toes and keeps us from getting bored and complacent. :happy-very:
  14. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I've never stayed on a route more than 2 years, just bid this one for the second year. I'm in town now, next bid I think I'm going back out to the country.
  15. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    In the end all routes are too much to do in too little time.
  16. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    Man, if that was the case here, I wouldn't be able to hold a run for more than FIVE MINUTES!!!!!!
  17. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    No matter which route it is, it should be interesting to meet some new people and learn new things along the way. Good luck Steve!

    Your approach and what you wrote reminded me of a chapter out of a fun philosphy book I was reading last year...


    The premise is - everyone likes to say that there are many different choices in life and many paths to choose, so choose wisely..

    That does beg the question: are there really many paths to choose, Or is there only one path and no path not taken- because the path you choose is the only path? (very basic bottom line of the chapter, anyway lol)

    good luck, keep us posted!
  18. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    Been a few days but I've heard some interesting rumors. lol One is (unrelated to the feeder rumors) that there were 60-70 part-timers laid off in the hub, and 0 of them agreed to go to the preload to continue working. How sad is that?

  19. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    Goodluck, on your new run.
  20. Tony31yrs

    Tony31yrs New Member

    We used to bid every year and then it changed to every two years. The good thing about bidding every so often was that there could always be some total pain of a business moving onto a route and ruining it or IE making changes that screwed up the time allowance.
    I stayed on my last two routes for ten years each. After that, the customers got too used to me and started to take advantage by asking me to wait, come back, not ready, etc. The thing that got me ticked off was that they would be ready with pickups for the runners that would fill in for me when I was off, but often couldn't do me a favor by being ready early when I needed to get done early.
    Some senior drivers would stay on really hard routes because they were afraid to learn a new one. I felt sorry for some of the older guys that were run ragged or working on their own time because they couldn't do the route. Of course if they were too stupid to stay on it, that was their problem.If I had a route that you couldn't do while taking a lunch, I wouldn't stay on it long. After a month or so, you learn the best way to run a route and what shortcuts you can take.