Im sure most have seen the special on worldport and know of the automated chicago hub . My question is where will our place in the future ? I honestly think we have at minimum 2 more contracts before serious change . Here is my outlook and my district big wigs outlook . When the technology hammer actually does get dropped it will affect us in these ways . 1. There will be a big slowdown in the hiring dept. 2. You can kiss just about all sorting jobs good-bye in major locactions smaller hubs will be uneconomical for the integration of sorting technology. -Preffered Jobs- 3. -Irregs- All waiting for those cush irreg jobs forget about it now . This will be entirely handed over to UPS Freight . 4. -Small Sort- Small sort will be heavily automated so kiss that dream goodbye. 5. -Loader- With sorting estimated a almost 100% accuaracy loaders will be expected to work at a back breaking pace somewhere around 500 to 800 pph. 6. -Unloader- Half of unload will be automated but bodies will still be needed to unload and keep flow of automated unloaders moving meaning breaking jams setting up robot in next trailer etc. 7. -Primary Sorters- Fully automated except in smaller centers. 8. -HVD/LVD- Same as above. 9.-Wallsweeps/Floorguys- A. -Load- Not needed for irregs in load. Will be needed for breaking jams, missort chutes, tape-ups, closing of trailers. B. -Unload- will be duties of regular unloaders. 10. -Preload- Not affected. 11. -Clerks- Not affected. 12. -Car Wash- Not affected. 13. -Porter- Not affected. 14. -Hazmat- Not affected. 15. -Shifter- Not affected. 16. -Package Car- Not affected. 17. -Feeder- Not affected. This might be the best to all union employees who have a deep hatred for mgmt. Also fair warning to all lifer mgmt. out there you will be the first to take that long walk out the gate after years of service. From the district/regional managers mouth p/t sup's will be the first to get there walking papers. With the widespread use of tech. there will be no need for the high # of outbound/inbound sup's. Instead of a sup for every area there will be something like a 1 to 5 area ratio. IE will still have jobs. Training will most likely completely phase out leaving training to hourly's with a $0.50 per hour premium paid for all hrs spent training. Most quaility control jobs will be slashed. This is fair warning to all with dreams of supervision it will be a pipedream at best. The biggest dark little secret is this supervision will most likely be completely dismantled and taken over by off the street hires at low wages high cost for benefits and no retirement. This is the bottom-line union members will be given opprutunity to finish their respective careers out with most likely a 20 or 25 and out plan. Then will be restructured into loading/unloading jobs for insane periods of wait for advancement to driving jobs. Supervision will be bought out or completely let go depending on years of service. Most high level mgmt. will filled by college graduates and other company poaching. The revolution is coming and it's only 10 to 20 yrs max from being at our doorstep. My final thought is staying hourly is youre best bet at a future, healthcare, pension, and job security. The sad truth is that teamsters will be taken care of because UPS will be forced to. Mgmt. on whatever you've been sold on its already in their crystal ball that you will all be pink-slipped with not a second of sleep lost. So all mgmt. out there that live and die for brown get youre education and start looking for ways out now for youre family's sake.