Feeder Newbie

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Realitycheck03, May 6, 2018.

  1. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    Recently I’ve had the opportunity to go feeder and question is what are the Scheduled weekdays like? Are the M-F? T-S? I know it’s on-call to start but I just want to get a clear picture on what my workdays would be? Thanks in advance !
     
  2. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

  3. Tony Q

    Tony Q Well-Known Member

    Have you ever talked to any of the Feeder drivers in your building?
     
  4. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    Thanks !!
     
  5. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you're aware that feeders is a 24/7 operation.
    As a low seniority "on call" driver, they could work you Sunday night and then "roll" (not work) you Monday and Tuesday, meaning you might work Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat.

    The variations are endless and too many to list here.
    Don't expect a routine unless you bid a run for a week.
     
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  6. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Get those big boy sized pants! Go for it!
     
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  7. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    I am aware that it’s a 24/7 operation ,and yes I have spoken with different feeder drivers at my center. I’ve heard different things when asking different drivers. Im not looking for a routine because I know as a low seniority driver itll be where ever the wind blows pretty much for the next couple of years in my area. What you just explained cleared things up a bit more.
     
  8. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    I mean it’s nothing Different I had to deal with in package . Being called in to the center one day and the next day having to work back in the Hub (preload) which meant getting up at 2am and working 2 and 3 different sorts.
     
  9. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Sign every bid sheet that gets posted...even if you don't like the run.

    If you win a bid it will get you seniority and some consistency so you can plan your life around your bid run.

    Good luck.
     
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  10. HEFFERNAN

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    5% of our runs are T-S, all the rest are regular M-F
    Low seniority have the T-S for the most part.
    Every building is different, you'll figure that out after a while.

    Advice : Take your time and don't be afraid to ask questions
     
  11. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    Thanks,this is what I hear for the most part at my center
     
  12. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I have whatever you need.
     
  13. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    You didn't mention if you are in an extended center in the middle of nowhere with, maybe, three feeder drivers or are you at a larger hub?

    Don't mention location.
     
  14. DOK

    DOK Well-Known Member

    Here, if you time it right, you could cover for a few months then bid on a run with your dovetailed building seniority.
     
  15. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    I’m in a larger hub,a lot of guy are starting to retire .
     
  16. Coldworld

    Coldworld Bad mall cop...no donut!!!

    I like to say that you still are working for UPS but it is 100x better than package.... a move I should have made years earlier... to the OP, good move getting in now because they are hiring many feeder drivers in different parts of the country and soon to be retirees will mean you will move up the list quite nicely in the next couple of years...
     
  17. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    The majority of feeder drivers will gladly answer questions and want to help new drivers so ask questions.
     
  18. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    You got in at a good time.
    Hopefully you'll never have to go back to pkg car.

    The upcoming contract has a lot of people concerned and people are going to the union hall to fill out the paper work. Some are so bold as to retire precisely on July 31.
     
  19. HEFFERNAN

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    If someone tells you that you can use the hand brake while going downhill in snow or ice....
    do not take advice from this person any more.
     
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  20. Realitycheck03

    Realitycheck03 New Member

    What kind of concerns are being raised with the new contract that is making some want to quit?