Stick it out man. I didn't have to deal with any of this stuff but I did have to work part time in the middle of the night, then go home and shower, then go to my ty full time job, then come home again very tired. My wife put up with a lot but I did tell her that this was the deal.Okay thanks. I would stick it out if I know one day I’ll be guaranteed 40 hours. Meanwhile I can drive Uber.
Now I bring home a lot of money, I run the same route every day it's my route, I know my customers, and I can run my route in my sleep. I don't even have to think while I work I listen to endless audiobooks, podcasts, and chat with my wife while I listen to her play with our kids and home school them.
It is a rough gig at times and the stress can be high. But I have a stay at home mom wife who homeschools our kids, I have a nice house, nice cars, the wife and I went to a concert tonight, and my kids lives will be better than mine.
There's not a lot of us poor schlubs who can say this anymore. My closest brother has a masters degree in chemistry, he is now thinking of going for a PhD. His wife has a BS in biology. They both work. Combined they have over $200,000 in student loan debt. Combined they make what I make in a year , though I work ups driver hours and they do the normal 9 to 5.
Another family I know, I'll call her my sister I grew up in foster care for half my life , and she was my sister for awhile, her husband is working full time in the same field for almost twenty years, and he's going back to get a masters degree. No debt, he's a smart guy, but he makes half what I make.
It's a rough slog and a steep climb but we are one of the last good union jobs around. Sure we bitch about the dumb this company does, and it's legit complaints, but it's worth it.
And yes one day you will be guaranteed 40 and you'll be working 50 or 55 and during peak you will be working to the breaking point. Do tell your wife that you've got a plan, but during the month of our Lord's birth you will not be coming home at anything close to a reasonable time.