Gaining Seniority

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Dopamine, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Dopamine

    Dopamine New Member

    Hey folks,

    So I was hired as a part time package handler who just finished driving school last week in less than a month. The driving position is a cover driver but I hope to get a permanent route by the time the peak volume is over. I was advised that it'll take a year to to gain seniority and that when there is no routes to cover I will work in the hub. The question I present is this : is it impossible to gain seniority in 4-5 months? I'm going to bust my :censored2: and I did the ride along and I know I can do it.
  2. alligator_suede

    alligator_suede New Member

    I've never heard of anyone gaining seniority that quickly. Then again every hub and region is different, but where I'm from even cover and air drivers have to wait years before getting a permanent route.

    Busting ass couldn't hurt your chances though.
  3. Dopamine

    Dopamine New Member

    Yeah I'm hoping so. The center Sup said he needed 3 guys to be fully staffed and I've been earmarked as one of the 3 but I'm not sure if it's just for peak or overall.
  4. Seniority is a set by days worked. Even if you worked 7 days a week for the next 4-5 months you wouldn't hit seniority. They must be desperate for drivers leading up to peak if you've only been there a month and already gone through driver school.

    But to be completely honest, you having a permanent route right after peak is slim unless you're in an explosive growth area. I'm in a high growth area and most of our cover drivers still have to wait about two years before being perm.

    Good luck!

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  5. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    I would say no, you won't go directly to FT perm. But it's not impossible. Either way, if you do a good job, that's the best you can do. Good luck!

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Yeah I don't think youre gonna get a permanent route for a while. As far as gaining seniority talk to a steward and find out how many days driving it takes to make book. Some areas its 30 days while others it's 40 I believe.

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  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    30 working days. Unless its an issue of free period. That is to gain seniority and not to have your own route though.
  8. undies

    undies Active Member

    Seniority is based on time...not how hard you work.
  9. Brownslave688

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

    Unless you're off the street position. You can't be earmarked for anything. It's all based on seniority. Has nothing at all to do with how hard you work.

    When you have enough time in you'll be given a shot.
  10. BigBeef42

    BigBeef42 Active Member

    Here, as a cover, it takes a few years to get a bid route. But if you get one, congrats. Working hard has little to do with managements decisions. They make stuff up as they go along.

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  11. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I could have had my own bid route after 10 years as a FT cover guy. Still do not. Might change this year, but it might not.
  12. Gumby

    Gumby *

    My route will up for bid,in a few more years.
    When I retire, I will save it for you.
  13. Gumby

    Gumby *

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