Left on an emergency today supervisor got mad

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by Drbrown78, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Drbrown78

    Drbrown78 New Member

    Hello I'm a cover driver and had to leave on an emergency call. I finished delivering my air and called the center and told them of my situation and they told me to drive back in. when I made it Into the hub my supervisor stopped me and was really upset and threatened to return me back to my twilight shift as a loader. I've been having personal issues and i let them know ahead of time. Today was different because I got the call when I was already working and had to leave. Can management punish me for going home or am I in the clear since they let me leave without me calling in?
  2. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't make a habit of it, but you handled it correctly. Not really much they can do. We've had drivers come back to the building mid-day and walk out because of a family emergency, without saying a word to anyone. They're still employed.
  3. Drbrown78

    Drbrown78 New Member

    I've only been cover driving a year so I still get spooked when management gets mad at me or gives me little backhanded comments. but I know I'm union so I know I have some sort of protection.
  4. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Not recommended. If nothing else, it was unprofessional in the extreme.
  5. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I don't think you have any worries. You did it right.
  6. Brownslave688

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

    I mean how many emergencies can one have?

    I've had one in more than a decade and even then I would of finished the day had I needed to.
  7. Drbrown78

    Drbrown78 New Member

    I've been having a rough couple weeks and have let management know but whenever I bring anything up they get mad or start saying that I'm unreliable and start making threatening comments about my job.
  8. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    You could casually say "Maybe I should apply for FMLA...."
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  9. Brownslave688

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

    Probably best to just take it and take a month or two off to figure out whatever it is he has going on.

    The problem is what one person constitutes worthy of missing work many others may not.
  10. Drbrown78

    Drbrown78 New Member

    Sorry,I'm not familiar with what that is
  11. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Family Medical Leave
  12. Drbrown78

    Drbrown78 New Member

    Oh right. Thanks!
  13. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    With FMLA, you can take days off, half days, whatever, and they cannot discipline you for it. You have to find someone who's very knowledgeable on this first. (That would not be me!)
  14. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    We do not even know if you're eligible, as we don't know the issue. Probably don't want to bring it up here...
  15. MC4YOU2

    MC4YOU2 Wherever I see Trump, it smells like he's Putin.

    FMLA will need a doctor to sign off on. Dentist, Psychologist etc. Whatever the issue is, if there's a doctor involved with you, your spouse, child or dependent parent, you would likely qualify.

    If you go that way, it doesn't count against your absenteeism, but it can be deducted from your vacay.

    Check into it by requesting an FMLA application from your supervisor or HR.
  16. Ghost in the Darkness

    Ghost in the Darkness Active Member

    FMLA is handled by Aetna. Go on upsers search FMLA and follow the link. They give a description of what qualifies for leave.
  17. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    You said you been a cover driver for a year. Do you have anyone below you? If so always remember they have to send them back before they can send you.

    If it's a emergency then ignore the upset supervisor. Definitely look into FMLA. I do hope it's a real emergency and not some lame crap like a bad break up or mom needs a ride to work.
  18. hyena

    hyena Well-Known Member

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  19. LeadBelly

    LeadBelly Banned

    It's called dropping your load. I've had to do it before. The last time was long ago. My wife was at the doctor with our daughter when she was two and a half. The nurse said that she thought our daughter was autistic. My was freaked out and called me. I had to drop my load and make sure she was going to be okay. It turned out out daughter was fine and she was just quiet. She's smarter than I ever was or will be. It was a bogus diagnosis.

    The point being you have to do what you have to do. I wouldn't make a habit of dropping your load but sometimes things happen and ups can handle it. There isn't one of us that ups can't get through the day without but our loved ones need us.
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  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Rather than overact and create a potential service disruption, it would have been more prudent to seek a second opinion.