I'd like to preface this little story by mentioning that I am not the firee in question. Having said that, we have a small center with only 24-32 cars on road depending on the day, and only 4-5 trailers total going out on a normal evening. We also have one single FDC auditor, of which I happen to be the backup for when said auditor is on vacation or calls off. OK, here's the fun part. Auditor was hired in 2001, but gained Teamsters seniority in 2002 as per that contract pickup up the FDC clerks (not sure if it's in all regions, but they are certainly Teamsters up here). She shows up, does her job, and generally goes home whether she gets her guaranteed hours or not. It's usually about a 3 hour job per night, give or take a few minutes. She never rocked the boat. Well, recently they started putting her on the Clerks schedule and harassing her to do clerks work when she's not busy (she's always working, as FDC has all kinds of weekly training to read and stuff to photocopy during downtime), they've been pushing back her start times, and then the past few weeks have been putting unreasonable FINISH TIMES on her schedule. Our local sort may run 5:30 to 9:30, but they have her on the schedule 6:15 to 7:55 or 8:25 most nights. I advised her that it's likely grounds for harassment, and to file a grievance anyhow--so she did. Come last Thursday our local sort sup is harassing her all night about being off the clock on time, and she was trying to explain that trucks are being unloaded until 9 pm every night, thus it's impossible to be done an hour earlier than that, to which the sup says "I understand and I hate being in the middle, but [much maligned center manager] wants you to try to follow the schedule. Frustrated with being harassed, she punches out at her "quit time" and goes home. Immediately fired, and now I'm taking over covering her job and being harassed about this schedule. So, will she get her job back? Also, now our local sort is down a reloader because I'm doing FDC work so not only is FDC not getting done on time, but local sort has been late every night because I'm arguably the fastest smalls sorter in the district (not that it's getting me anything, so maybe I should start being the slowest). My real question is what has UPS REALLY accomplished by all of these games and needless upheaval? Or are their tiny heads so far up their gaping posteriors that they haven't a clue what the heck they're even trying to accomplish? Also, what's a good strategy for dealing with the nightly harassment about schedule times? I have 14 years seniority, am the second ranking local sort reloader, and have just recently filed a grievance (pending) for supervisors unloading trucks when we had a guy sitting at home. Should I go straight for a harassment grievance or should I play stupid and pull the "I wasn't trained properly, so please show me how to do this work that hasn't even come down the belt yet" card?