Package Car is cake compared to this...
I should add that work rules might vary by location but I haven't heard of any that allow dovetailing. New drivers go to the bottom of the Seniority list regardless of where they are in relation to everyone else. There are quite a few in my department with more Company seniority than me because they put off the decision for too long.
Also, some areas have an outlet where you can return to Package. We can anytime but you lose all Center seniority and go to the bottom of your Center list. After 3 years you can return if there is an opening without losing your seniority. Less than a dozen drivers have exercised this option since it was adopted in 2000.
I'm not sure I'm understanding what exactly you are saying. Are you saying, like my situation--going back 22 full-time driving years of seniority--I would go to the bottom of the seniority list? If so, man, that's blasphemy. I mean, what good is your seniority if it can't be carried with you? Isn't one of the main reasons of being in the union, seniority? If I'm understanding you right, your local is doing a horrible job.
Were we are, you could have 35 years of driving seniority, and when you go back to feeders, your 35 years puts you right next to anyone else with that much time. Yeah, I've heard feeder drivers off the street bitch and moan about continually getting bumped lower and lower when every new feeder class starts. To that, I say, who cares? I've been working for this company literally right out of high school, and no way will I ever apologize for my seniority. I just can't imagine losing my seniority because I went into feeders.