How long does it take to get your own route at your hub?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by atdi198d, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. atdi198d

    atdi198d New Member

    takes about 7 years + at my hub (Mississauga, Ontario hub) started out as a walker for nearly 3 years, got my top rate and started driving. only been driving for a month and a half and realize swinging is going to suck for 7 years. 10 years ago they were creating runs at my hub, so all the new drivers got runs. i was wondering if there are hubs like that in canada.
  2. Bagels

    Bagels Family Leave Fridays!!!

    Difficult question to answer here (Midwestern USA). We have 3 centers consisting of about 350 FT drivers in our building. We experienced a huge boom in the late 1990s/early 2000s, then our local economy tanked. Thus, between (circa) 2002-2010, they did not add any FT drivers (about 30 have been added in the past three years). Right now the least senior drivers with their own route have close to 22 FT years in, with few exceptions (routes with late UPS Store pick-ups & heavy industry have went to less senior guys). I'm certain that will change as we experience mass retirements in the coming years.
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    It took 4 1/2 years of swing driving before I got my own route back in '93.
  4. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    I could have had one in a little over two years, but I took an article 22.3 bid and went inside for 5 years. When I went back on the road, i got a route the next time bids come up.

    It's possible after 2 or so years to get one if center is large enough (mine has 60-70 drivers, ~54 routes), but the route you'd get may not be ideal.
  5. LeeRoyBrown

    LeeRoyBrown Guest

    about 4 years for me
  6. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    seven days
  7. serenity now

    serenity now Guest

    took me 23 years, only to get bumped off it 6 weeks later :angry:
  8. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I think it was about 6-7 years. I don't recall.
  9. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Guys in my center say 6-8 years but I know guys who have 10 years driving and their route gets cut 3-4 days a week.
  10. FilingBluesFL

    FilingBluesFL Well-Known Member

    I had the choice of picking my route three bids ago, and it was almost immediately cut.

    Last bid, not enough routes, as we had a portion of our routes move to a more southern building. Well, they came back, and this year I had the option to bid on a route if I chose to do so.

    I chose not, as none of the routes were appealing, or enjoyable. Swinging isn't that bad, and I haven't had a problem doing it for 8 years.

    There's almost all routes where there's just that ONE person you don't get along with... and I would hate to see that person every mon-friday for the next two years. I went unassigned again this year.

    I like it a lot.
  11. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I have been a swing driver for 11 years now. Do not see any bids coming up for a route that I would bid on any time soon either.
  12. 4moreyears

    4moreyears New Member

    Took me 3 weeks, back in the good days
  13. MethodsMan

    MethodsMan Active Member

    Can't wait to get my own route so I can get :censored2: at those lowly cover drivers!
  14. Brownslave688

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

    I had my own route for a year or so. Nice rural route. Got bumped. Now I'm one of the highest cover drivers in the center (7 years). There are a few guys under me with routes. Nothing I would want to do every day that's for sure. Between retirements and new routes that must be bid we will have 5-6 go up in the next 6 months or so. I might bid on 1-2 of them.

    There are upsides to both cover driving and having your own route.
  15. 11HourRequest

    11HourRequest Active Member

    when i do bid a route it is going to be a rural route 70-80 stops/day, 170 miles or so, with a few on area pickups. So by the time i do finally get a route like this i'll have a year or 2 until i retire ha. I'm all set doing a bull-run/idustrial route 5 days a week for years on end. i'd rather wait.
  16. Buck Fifty

    Buck Fifty New Member

    The last few bids we had, there were a couple that had to be assigned to the low men on the totem pole. In our building you can get on a ball buster route pretty darn quick. It took me about a year to figure out I didn't want to cover drive, so I bid a ball buster and made it manageable by working the methods. Needless to say, somebody bumped me the next bid. It took the guy 3 months and it was back to being a ball buster. Live and Learn.
  17. brostalss

    brostalss Active Member

    About 5 years utility. I waited for something good to come up.
  18. mixyo

    mixyo Active Member

    Palatine by chance?
  19. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    This is the problem I have. Several drivers above me bid a new route every year. They get on a route, run and gun and turn an OK trip into a crap show, then bid off.
  20. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Takes about 5 years where I am.