i work as a sorter in the chicagoland area (15 years). this year was by far the easiest/slowest, least volume year since i've been there..summer and the rest of the year was way harder/more flow. the rest of the year we are getting buried with flow and hurried out the door in 3 1/2 hours or less. this peak we had an earlier start time and the work was more evenly distributed throughout the night, work was done in 4 hours or less. we had 2 extra workers in my area for peak. on one hand the work was easier, on the other hand time dragged more than usual and we didnt get overtime or double sorts like in past years. u just cant win at ups lol either they bury u w work and only give u a few hours (part time) or or they bury u with work and give you too many hours (full time) or now, they give u an extra half hour, time drags like no other, bored out of ur mind w very little volume and no christmas bonus/turkey/holiday card/pizza/holiday party.. hell even a "thank you have a happy holiday" would have been nice lol oh well bah humbug i had a great christmas thanks to my family and friends. thanks ups for another year of employment happy holidays fellow upsers!