Brown or Purple?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by HomeDelivery, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    dannyboy said some FedEx'ers were previously Brown... they couldn't handle management's constant micro-managing / harassment of them so they switch to purple uniforms with less pay, less benefits, etc.

    but, from reading from these threads, you don't have it THAT bad... you're being compensated fairly for the harassment with hourly pay, sick pay, vacation pay, etc...

    I want to hear from some drivers that have been to both sides of the industry & have some input.

    for example, I had a few temp drivers saying that they didn't like brown & went to purple because of the military-style training. I said that they have to be more professional out there on the roads since they're the leaders of this industry, so that was justified.

    the temp training over in purple (Home Delivery to be more specific) is close to none; you just have to be experienced with driving a commercial vehicle within the past 3 years... I told them they used to have Smith System training and SAFE training, but this year was just drive around the block to see if you can handle a little cargo van.

    I have no idea if i can take the brown management's harassment like water off a ducks back, but it's probably too late for me to switch uniform colors since they don't hire outsiders much. (I didn't want to climb up the totem pole from a package handler into a courier after a couple of years). I did love driving to new places, servicing my customers, etc from the beginning of becoming a home delivery driver. But with you guys trying to make your company look good from the "investor's view" instead of customer service, i'm having 2nd thoughts of making that switch.
  2. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I dont believe any driver has left ups for Fedex. This would be stupid
  3. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    i know... but he did say that...

    those guys that had converted from brown to purple are probably regretting it now (see the fedex forums on this site).

    I don't work for FedEx Corp; either with a temp agency as an hourly employee or with a subcontractor that has to buy his route/truck/equipment/etc...

    PS: the other thing is that UPS guys aren't allowed to have portable GPS units stuck to the windshield? what's up with that? same with Express... they're not that much of a distraction if you "keep your eyes moving"
  4. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Anybody I know that went to FEDEX from UPS was let go or resigned(if you may) from UPS for some reason or another.
  5. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    i forgot to do an advanced search on this topic; but there's a few who did switch from brown to purple...

    now, to find a thread that went from purple to brown... any help appreciated

    (PS: have a happy new year!)
  6. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    We had a driver that left and gave the purple drink a try. I don't recall how long he was gone but he came back. Said it was one of the biggest mistakes he ever made. While UPS took him back, he lost all of his seniority.

    I couldn't even imagine leaving for the PITA problems of being an independent contractor doing the same job with more headaches. Screw that.
  7. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    You would have to be an idiot to Quit UPS and go work for FED EX.

    The only way I see it happening is if the driver burned all his bridges at UPS and got fired for the last time.
  8. NYdriver

    NYdriver New Member

    I have never heard of that. In my center all the on car's and trainees use them.
  9. yeldarb

    yeldarb Member

    We had a fedex ground guy get hired off the street but quit within 3 months. He was way fast, but had all the Fedex habits. Leave truck running, no seat belt, lousy DR's. Every morning he would come in and stress himself out with how the truck looked, since he was never bulked in at ground too.
  10. dupa

    dupa On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation.

    PS: the other thing is that UPS guys aren't allowed to have portable GPS units stuck to the windshield? what's up with that? same with Express... they're not that much of a distraction if you "keep your eyes moving"\

    We know where we are going

  11. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    oh, OK thanks for that clarification... i've seen on other threads that they weren't allowed to have 12V outlets on the dash for use of GPS or cell phone chargers or an inverter/radio... all distractions (shrugs)

    good for you, dupa. But as a swing/cover driver, I don't have the luxury of servicing the same area every day.
    I'll rely on them to get my stops off my package car efficiently instead of pulling over & looking into a map book.

    So, any purple to brown guys here?
  12. NYdriver

    NYdriver New Member

    There isnt any outlets in the truck. The (+) and (-) jumper terminals are under the dash inside the truck, so guys cut the connecter off the charger and splice on aligator clips.
  13. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    You don't need to cut wire but you need a wire from your radio going to a cigarette lighter plug and then get one of these to hook up to the accessory terminals under the dash (if applicable):

  14. We have a new dm and starting tomorrow, no radios, cell phones or sneakers. The first two don't bother me but I like to wear steel toed sneakers in the summer. Also I only listen to the radio at lunch. I don't use a GPS but I think the Saturday guy that uses the pc does. There a round ring mark on the windshield I assume is from the holder.
  15. paidover95

    paidover95 Member

    I quit ups to work for u.s.p.s. The pay is less,but I have a 4 day work week,and the extra time with my wife and kids is PRICELESS!!!!!I feel sad for the guys over there who are obsessed with $$$ and overtime,and rather let someone else raise there kids.For me it was the best move.
  16. NYdriver

    NYdriver New Member

    That works too :youreright:
  17. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    as per the contract you are allowed to have a radio in your package car.

    Article 18
    Section 8. Radios
    Transistor radios will be allowed in package cars.
  18. yeldarb

    yeldarb Member

    You might think that was a good move, and you claim that we are obsessed with money. It is apparent the USPS is obsessed to, with all the closures, layoffs, etc. Why someone would quit a profitable, high paying job, for another that hasnt made money in years is beyond me.
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Take a moment and read some of his posts--it will quickly become apparent why he made the move.
  20. NYdriver

    NYdriver New Member

    Wow- it is now clear