Hand Cart Issues in Regards to Management

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Ian Murphy, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. LaTulla

    LaTulla New Member

    At our building, as all other buildings, we are given handcarts to be used in order to do our work. In an ideal world, every truck should have a two-wheeler and a four-wheeler loaded into it and everyone is happy and goes about their day. We do not live in an ideal world; people steal handcarts, so we’ve been told to lock them up at night. Sometimes when route drivers go out on vacation, sick, etc., they leave the carts locked up in their truck or otherwise, and kept the key on their person, thus making it impossible for a cover or utility driver to utilize them. If they don’t leave it locked up, they get stolen before they come back from vacation (by stolen, I mean taken by another driver to use; “there’s only one thief at UPS, everyone else is just trying to get their :censored2: back.”

    The problem:

    Our hub management team has decided that we can no longer lock up our carts on the rails that they provided for us after decades of locking up our carts with the locks they told us to buy. I fought this once on the grounds of harassment by management, and the issue seemed to go away. Now, the issue is back and they’re now posing signs telling us that they will cut our locks if we don’t take them off and put them in our trucks. Harassment grievances have been threatened upon them.

    As a cover driver speaking up for everyone in this, what can I do to combat this? I realize these carts are company property, but they’re impairing our ability to do our jobs in this if they can’t guarantee that a truck will: a) have carts in it; and b) not have the carts stolen by another driver.

    What can I do?
  2. myback

    myback Member

    Go out with no hand cart, hand carry one box at a time and deliver. Call in for delivery help at 1555hrs, you’ll get a brand new handcart everyday.
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  3. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Work As Directed

    If you don't have a handcart demand one before leaving the building. UPS must provide you with a hand cart.

    If they don't, file a Article 18 Section 14 grievance everytime.
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    Other then that it's the companies property so make the best of it.
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  4. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    Don't worry about it. All trucks will be equipped with drones before we know it
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  5. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Article 18 Section 14 "Package Cars"

    "Apackage car will be equipped with a hand cart at the driver’s request."

    If you are assigned to a route and there is no hand truck in the package car, request one. If you are not given one do what @myback suggested and file a grievance based on this language.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
  6. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

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  7. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

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  8. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    You can also change your user name if that's your real name.
  9. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Get with it. You go to the shop and "borrow" another handcart.

    Any scum driver that locks the handcart in the truck and doesn't leave a key will find the lock cut and the handcart missing when they get back.
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  10. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    I wrote my truck number all over my handcart and used a combination lock that the two or three (at most) drivers that did my route knew the combination and would lock it back up. I had the last handcart for 5 years or more before I went into feeders.
  11. rod

    rod retired and happy

    My hand cart was never bothered with. They knew better than to F with old Rod.
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  12. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    I would have an F’n field day with this one. Man, i miss package and shoving grievances up their arse. Feeders is to laid back. As somebody else said, hand carry every box, and call for help on anything you dont feel comfortable carrying. Guarantee youll have a brandy new hand cart waiting for you at the PCM the following day.
  13. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    You remember those black handcarts? There might be one in my garage.
  14. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I pulled one of those old steel carts with the flip down extentions and the solid wheel out of the dumpster when they supplied everyone with a new aluminum cart. I've used it hundreds of times and loaned it out dozens of times.
  15. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    Tape a contract ballot to it. Young bucks won't touch it with a 10 ft pole.
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  16. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    This one that may or may not be in my garage has low miles and a strap! Allegedly, it was left at a house at lunchtime?
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    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

  18. Slug Life

    Slug Life When do we eat?

    The best/most punishing thing to do would request another Union member’s assistance on anything package you deemed too heavy. Spread em’ out to the point of it turning into having a helper all day. Then use the Pinhead quote from Hellraiser regarding PAIN.
  19. PappyLand

    PappyLand Active Member

    My manager used to have bolt cutters in his office. It was fun cutting people’s locks up and stealing their carts.
  20. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    My manager still has bolt cutters in his office. Drivers on vacation that leave their hand carts in the truck chained up. Snip snip