New PAStime

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by foundinload, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. foundinload

    foundinload Member

    Our building is finally converting to PAS/EDD. I am a preloader that has been offered a job dealing with the pkgs that have a blank SPA label (sounds almost like clerk type work). What is this job called? And what is it like? Should I take it?
  2. freeloader

    freeloader geek

    Sounds like DA (Data Acquisition). It's where all the packages go that don't get a PAS label. It is a clerk type job - very similar to being an ECS clerk. You just type in the address info of the package and print out a PAS label for it. Repeat 1000 times daily.
  3. Ms Spoken

    Ms Spoken New Member

    Take the job in the long run it will be worth it.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2008
  4. mattwtrs

    mattwtrs Retired Senior Member

    Take the position, you'll probably start 15-30 minutes later(more sleep). You'll still get your hours because you may end up doing the card sends, damges etc. . There is almost no lifting, just pulling & pushing.
  5. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Our clerk that does that job is VERY busy. I've worked on preload occasionally when I didn't drive and needed to double shift to get 8 hours. I usually split the belt (pushing packages one way or another depending on what the SPA Label said) and every time a SPA Label was blank I'd have to place the package on rollers that go to the clerk. Sometimes it seemed like a couple of packages out of every ten had blank labels. Plus, there are many addresses that are put on hold every day and the system is set up so that the SPA Labels will say "HOLD" on them. We have to give those to the clerk too. If you can type good then you will have little trouble but if you can't then it might be hard to keep up. I'd take the job regardless. That or the job where you'd be one of the guys that puts the labels on the packages.
  6. dunderchief

    dunderchief New Member

    These positions are called DCAP (Data Capture). The job is physically easier than preloading. Most DCAPers in my bldg get less time than most others. Find out if you are going to retain your $1 extra skilled rate.

    You will probably find your workload shrink as time goes by and management takes your work by increasing the amount of package information they "scrub."

    Good Luck!
  7. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    At my center you get a lot of overtime, but that’s because we have no morning OMS and most of those duties get dumped on you. When I backup clerk I start half an hour or so later than everyone and stay 1.5 hours later than everyone, finishing up address corrections, and dealing with will call customers. We only have one clerk so the more clerks you have the more those duties will be spread out and the less OT you will get. I would recommend taking it, its EZ money.
  8. I don't think its a union job either
  9. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    It is a Union Job
    It is not a skilled Job
    You will get hours based on Seniority
  10. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    At our center it is a skilled job, being that you get paid the +$1, however our special (ed.) management pays unloaders that +1 too. I do however think it is a skilled position, knowing how to correct all the possible different flaws in an address are a skill, knowing when that street doesn't exist in a zip code and knowing where that street does takes skill, knowing when an address is correct but still comes up Not In System takes skill, and being able to do it as fast as the sort goes takes skill. This is just my experience in my small center, we only have 1 clerk so that person gets to do everything, in a larger center you may be one of many and just fix blank labels.
  11. KBlakk

    KBlakk Overworked & Underpaid

    At my center it is a skilled position with maximum hours due to the fact that customer errors on shipping labels can be present until the sort is down so a "DCAPer" is usually on the clock until right before Drivers go on road. it also widens your skills within the company leaving room for advancement, it's much more to the company besides trucks and packages.
  12. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    Where im at its a skilled job and union and guaranteed 40 hours, plus it pays a dollar less the a driver. plus overtime!:happy-very:
  13. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    WUT? How does a preload clerk make a dollar less than a driver with a 40 hour guarantee?
  14. KBlakk

    KBlakk Overworked & Underpaid

    Preload clerks are usually veteran drivers that just opted to bid on a perfered inside job that's why the pay is equal.
  15. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    Around here so are the pm clerks and customer counter clerks and hub clerks also.and the porters as well.
  16. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    Wow I didn't think a f/t driver could take a preload position. So if a driver doesn't feel like delivering anymore he can bump a preloader and still work f/t?
  17. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    No these jobs have never been preload pt jobs they have only been ft jobs and only ft people can bid on them. you put your name on a transfer list and when a job opens if your next you get it. once your in your in.if another clerk retires or transfers to another building his job is up for bid in building first if nobody takes it it goes to a clerk transfer list if it is still open then it goes to a driver to clerk list.
  18. LKLND3380

    LKLND3380 Active Member

    Data Ac... You look up addresses 123 Main St well it might be 123 S. Main or 123 N. Main... easy work
  19. LKLND3380

    LKLND3380 Active Member

    Our Shop Steward does this job and I am pretty sure it is Union and falls under Clerk
  20. LKLND3380

    LKLND3380 Active Member

    You keep your pay rate and get your raises