ok, I am getting hated on so much on this forum probably by most full timers that lost touch of real physical labor. I will be as real as I can be. I don't care if UPS fires me for speaking up for the part-timers. Why do part timers pay union fees? We are paid peanuts for real hard work. We don't get benefits for a year, do they expect we won't last a year? the poverty level in the United States is below $20,000 a year, we part timers are making less than $10,000 a year. Do the math. We are making less than 50% of the poverty level. The is what you call a "sweat shop," last time I checked we were not living in Vietnam or China. it is 2012 and we are in America. We are just making enough for gas. We should get benefits after 90 days like all other companies or don't pay union fees. When I checked part timers make up like 70% of the company, so no matter how people think they are better than you that simply is not true, UPS needs part timers to do their dirty work, part timers is what makes their operation go, we are the core of it and we just get treated like paying union dues with nothing to show for it. last time I checked the union fees are the same as the full timers, which does not even seem fair seeing is we get paid more than half. Drivers get paid on average $73,000/year, preloaders/sorters on average $9,000. That is a $64,000 difference, that is just sad, we should atleast be closer to the poverty level. Teamster needs to step it up. The Safety is bad also, they tell you to "duck and cover" in a natural disaster. With boxes piling up under the conveyour I wonder where we can "dck and cover" You can't even have two people cross each other without one stopping between the belt and the car. During an emergency good luck getting out with the pile of boxes. I am ready for the criticism now, most will probably come from full timers. Hit me hard but just know what I speak of is facts 100% nobody can deny one of the biggest companies with the least amount of safety and compensation. Someone please debunk me if you think I am wrong.