DOT lunch break Taking 30 minutes in the first 8 hours.

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by upser1978, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. upser1978

    upser1978 New Member

    At our center they are making us still take 30 minutes of our lunch even though the DOT law didn't pass for package drivers. Is anyone at any other centers still having to do this.
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The new directive applies to all UPS hourly employees.
  3. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    In the Central Region it should be irrelevant, as the contract requires us to take a half hour lunch between the third and sixth hour.
    For some reason though, management in my building thinks they have the right to give permission to not abide by this article.
    I strongly disagree.
  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    If management tries to screw you over, just say I'm taking my lunch. Call me in half an hour.
  5. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    They were enforcing the 30 minutes for a few weeks in my Center, but it was thrown in court for package drivers from my understanding. I still take my whole hour, I just like to break it up into four different breaks throughout my day. I don't have any restaurants on my area, I don't really like sitting still in my package car doing nothing.
  6. East coast navy

    East coast navy Veteran

    It only applies to long haul drivers. Package drivers that drive under 100 miles to their delivery areas from Their hubs do not apply to this rule. But if they are making drivers do this it's on them when drivers are out late and have to take a 30 min break (paid).
  7. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Every driver deserves to take a lunch everyday......regardless !
  8. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Take mine right in the middle of my day. Most of my building has gone back to taking it at the end of the day. Or.,plain skipping it.

    Scratch, there isn't a truck stop or a diner out there? I have to get off that thing. Sitting in it would drive me bonkers
  9. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Some days I take the full 30 mid day. Some days I break it up. I like the choice.
  10. rod

    rod retired and happy

    With all you guys skipping your breaks it makes me feel better about those times I took extra.
  11. chuchu

    chuchu Guest

    Another brilliant statement. All hourly employees of ups aren't governed by the DOT.
    That rule was reversed in a ruling this summer using FedEx package delivery drivers as the example.

    You don't have a clue what you're talking about and the law is federal so it exempts all of us pkg car drivers.
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Not the federal law but its in the contract in some areas that you must take a 30 min lunch between the 3rd and 6th hours so those people are not exempt from taking a lunch. If you try to skip lunch you are violating contract so UPS can give you a warning letter (because they don't want the union complaining).
  13. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I take it all every day. Until after thanksgiving. From thanksgiving to Xmas I will take my ten paid and that's it. It's a special time of year and we all try to go a little above and beyond.
  14. chuchu

    chuchu Guest

    I agree wholeheartedly but has nothing to do with USNY post.
  15. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Your a lot nicer than I am. Lunch is the best dispatch tool.
  16. Gumby

    Gumby *

    I need my old and grumpy!
  17. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Not a candidate for management then! :wink2:
  18. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    More like a moldy Gumby!
  19. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Me and my girl did a moldy gumby last night....oh wait....nevermind. carry on.
  20. chuchu

    chuchu Guest

    The DOT mandated lunch issue was decided in the US Court of Appeals in DC on Aug 2, 2013 case number 12-1092.

    It was argued in March of 2013 by the American Truckers Association and the August decision removed the infraction for us package car drivers thus removing the fine to the driver and the company.

    Taking the 30 min off duty time between the third and sixth hour would make it a non-issue anyway. There are too many of us in our region breaking that contract language rule.