104Feeder

Phoenix Feeder
I've heard that feeder driver earns a lot more than package car drivers. Also, that the job is so sought after that the only way a spot opens is if someone dies. Any truth to these? And by the way, I have great respect and admiration for the abilities of you feeder drivers.
We have hired more than 100 feeder drivers since 2006 and maybe a little less than half of those are in feeders full time (the rest bump back and forth from Package). That's mostly due to Amazon. We make $.68/hr more than Package rate but in general get, and want, more hours than Package drivers especially in the summer.
 

pretender

Well-Known Member
I've heard that feeder driver earns a lot more than package car drivers. Also, that the job is so sought after that the only way a spot opens is if someone dies. Any truth to these? And by the way, I have great respect and admiration for the abilities of you feeder drivers.
It used to be, and still is to an extent, of being in the right place at the right time. I only was a package driver for six years before going into feeders, but it was a result of our building being converted to a hub. If you are in a center with fewer than ten feeder drivers, you are in for a long wait.
 

QKRSTKR

Well-Known Member
Why is it not worth it? By far worth it for me. Did I tell you there was no peak season this year for me? Dracula and cachsux were right, December in feeders is just another month in the year. Make 50 cents more an hr pulling doubles. A 9 or 10 hr day is about equivalent to how you feel when you have your air off.

As far as winter driving that's the only downside. First few good snows under my belt. Just go slow, and if in doubt go slower. Don't hit the brakes. If you plan ahead you can bring it all to a stop with touching the brakes. Beats trudging through the snow all day with wet feet.
 

Taco

Well-Known Member
I had a rental truck once with a jake brake in it. When engaged and pulling a full load you can go from 30-0 in just a few hundred feet without touching the brakes.
 
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anonymous6

Guest
try working graveyard for years, sleeping, and spending quality time with family and you'll see the downside for feeders. only on vacations.

studies have shown that truck drivers, especially graveyard shift workers, have a life expectancy of 15 years less than normal. we just lost another feeder driver who was retired for less than 18 months. seems to happen a lot.
 

happybob

Feeders
Why full time? Breaking a sweat from day one working one's way up the ladder should trump all. Why should a pt with ten years be behind an off the street hire in FT?
That part timer puts in half the time I do, but gets to enjoy the same health benefits in my local. I work 60 hours a week as a full timer, he/she works 20. It was the rule when I started and doubt it will ever get changed.
 

MassWineGuy

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I don't have the training, energy, skill or inclination to be a feeder driver, but let me just say shout my respect and thanks to those who do. Sounds like it makes driving a brownie like pushing a cart in the supermarket.
 

MaceFremonti

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I was in delivery for 22+ years and was lucky enough to make it into Feeders in May. Yesterday was the first time in seven months that I drove a package car. I had to move an old 800 (what I used to drive) so that I had enough room to squeeze a 53' box onto a door. Initially it looked like I had never backed a package car before! It was like I had forgotten how to wheel one. I hopped back in my tractor and put the 53' in without a second thought. I was laughing at myself the whole way home last night!

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That part timer puts in half the time I do, but gets to enjoy the same health benefits in my local. I work 60 hours a week as a full timer, he/she works 20. It was the rule when I started and doubt it will ever get changed.
And......?

I put in 60 hours this past week tugging around a handful of trailers. When I got home my personal PC guy was going down our road still humping. I worked way less than him. By theory I deserve less.

My general rule on UPS jobs is not to knock the ones you won't go do yourself.
 

over9five

Moderator
Staff member
you should. TSA requirement though TSA rarely audits the trailers. some use the yellow plastic ties they use on air trailers.
If you could post a link to that in their rules, I'd press the issue at work. I do like to see things done right.

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MaceFremonti

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The majority of our Sterlings are really starting to show their age. Especially compared to the newer Macks and Kenworths. Some of the older guys still LOVE their Sterlings and take them over the newer equipment if they have the choice.

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If you could post a link to that in their rules, I'd press the issue at work. I do like to see things done right.

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We used to after 9/11 but I haven't heard anything about it in years. Besides, what's a plastic ziptie going to do to slow down a terrorist?
 
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