Hello, everyone. Its been a while. I`d like to start by saying thank you for all the nice comments and prayers left by members for my family and I, regarding the murder of my mother-in-law. We really appreciate them. Sooooooo, Ive been warned by the union to be careful what i say or post on this website so as not to jepordize any chance I may have of getting my job back. Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks ? This time i`m taking their advice and am going to be a little more reserved. On 8 22 08 I was terminated after a 3 week investigation by UPS loss prevetion for supposedly signing for packages at a dock. About a week later I was acompanied back to Cerritos with 2 union reps to meet with the labour manager and see the spacifics regarding the termination. Ups presented a written, signed statement from the doc worker saying that the signature he was shown was not his and that he was the only receiver on the day in question. I presented a signed letter from the same doc worker stating that he did sign for the packages that day. It seems as though he was approached by ups security as he was trying to get in his car to go home 15 minutes after his shift had ended and was shown a piece of paper with a scribble on it and told that a driver was suspected of signing for packages in the area and that they needed to know if the scribble on the paper was his USUAL signature. ( Ive been delivering there for years so they knew it wasnt the usual one) More worried about getting home he took a look, said it wasnt and signed it. Fact is, he was the one who signed it. On the day in question my truck was blown out and loaded really crappy (how unusual) and brick loaded through the middle (185 stps that day) Its one of my first stops so its bulked out in the back, after unloading everything from - rdr- I still had 7 or 8 packages in EDD. I found most of them on the floor bulked out in the middle and handed them over the bulk rather than taking them through the front door and walking them to the dock. I leaned over the bulk and he signed the board. Packages NEVER go missing from this customer and I dont need to ask his name because Ive seen him every day for almost 4 years so I typed it in and took off. On the day in question every package was acounted for , just like every other day. I could understand if packages were going missing and there were different signatures every day but thats not the case. this doc worker also stated that he would go to any arbatration or meeting and stand by his second statement. Not detered UPS went to plan B. GPS showed that I made a next day air delivery at 10 27 am but was a half mile away from the delivery location. Trace for the day says I was around the delivery location at 10 39 and had delivered another package between 10 27 and 10 39 also. I have neither confirmed or denied my actions for the day in question that was almost 3 weeks prior to my termination. So I was fired for dis-honesty. I have some issues with this, let me explain a few facts and circumstances, not excuses leeding up to this. The last year has been absolute crap for my family, the aftermath of my mother-in-laws murder has been almost as hard to deel with as the murder its self, 3 A student , happy normal children have become 3 d- sad angry children who will be in theropy for years , my oldest son has to go to the school with members of the gang responsible for murdering his grandmother, the shooter, 15 years old is the same age as my son. My daughters cant be left alone for more than a few minutes, have nightmares and are scared of the dark and my poor wife was just devistated. We get to look at the four suspects at court every month as they sneer and laugh at us through the glass and get to hear what good kids they were from their family members who we are forced to sit by. I stayed at work until around april, my wife who had remained strong, dealing with the media court and the death of her grandmother also who just gave up on life after losing her daughter was getting tired and just beat down, she lost it around the middle of april and pretty much had a breakdown. I went out on disabilty april 22nd. I stayed off work for about 6 weeks, I had noticed a change in my wife spending all that time with her but assumed it was because of her loss. Financial reasons got the better of me and against my doctors orders and my better judgment returned to work june 10. I had been back about 3 weeks and was having a really hard time getting back into the swing of things when I received a call from my wife who had gone to the doctor complaining about headaches. A tumor had been found in the frontal lobe of her head and immediate attention was required. My sup came and finished my route for me. The next few weeks were awful, x rays, plastic surgen visits Neuro surgen visit head trauma visits etc etc. My center team was very helpful and understanding, applied for emergency family leave,and while i was waiting for it to be granted I called in sick and took what was left of my vacation, my center manager was way cool and I had to come into work only when they absolutley needed me. On August 20th after a 9 hour surgery my wifes tumor was removed succesfully and was benine thank god. on August 22nd I was fired. This is where my problem lyes with UPS, They were well aware of the curcumstances I was under, they knew I was waiting for the family leave and on the day that they said I was being dis-honest on I had tried to call in sick but was told I had to work. this is part of the UPS mission statement, Focusing on “the right thing to do” has become a hallmark of UPS’s culture. This legacy is fundamental to our ability to attract and retain the best employees, gain and keep the trust of our customers, create shareholder value, support the communities in which we operate and protect our reputation. This value system is coupled with an effective program of business conduct management implemented by the UPS Compliance Department. These two elements - the philosophical and the practical - work together to create an environment where good people can make good decisions. And it sets forth the procedures and actions necessary when people fail to live up to those expectations. perhaps they should take there own advice. I realize that they are my problems not UPS`s and I dont have the best of track records, but for gods sake , I`m not dis honest, Ive never stolen and dont cut corners for my own benifit. lets see how much flack I get on this one. and I dont have an attitude I`m a really nice guy.