Am i guaranteed work everyday?
Whats the average time length of cover driving before a permanent route?
Also, what is the pay scale like? I think im at about 15/hour now..
When do the benifits (health insurance, etc) become available?
Thanks for any help
I'll try to answer your questions but I might not be 100% correct. I'm a cover driver so I'm going by me...
Guaranteed work? Yes and no. You are guaranteed your hub hours at your hub rate daily. A cover driver is guaranteed no driving hours. Work varies by center. Some cover drivers work daily and some don't work for days or weeks as a cover driver. From what I understand, if they tell you to come in and cover, they must pay you a 8 hour day at cover driver pay rate.
The average time to get a full-time driving job? It varies by center as well. Varies from immediately to 10 years. My center's average to go full time is around 7-10 years.
Pay scale? I'm a bit fuzzy on this but I think I make 85% of full-time driver rates. I also get yearly raises. I'm a cover at almost $25 per hour. I have been a cover for 4 years.
Benefits? They haven't kicked in already? How long have you been employed at UPS? Benefits started for me after my probationary period as a part-time worker. New hires under the new contract must wait 1 year before benefits start. My benefits are no different as a cover than they were when I was in the hub. You do not get full-time health benifits through the union until you become a full-time employee. I have heard that part-timers have a little better coverage but I'm not sure on this.
As far as vacations go, there is a certain number of cover driver reports that you have to have the previous year to be eligible for full-time vacation pay (45 hours a week at your cover driver pay rate). The number of reports is around 154 days. I'm not sure of exactly how many. If you hit that many reports as a cover driver this year, you will be eligible for vacation, sick, option and holiday pay at your cover driver rate NEXT year. You will hate getting that $100 check for your weeks vacation after getting used to cover driver pay checks.
Holidays are a bit confusing to me as far as pay goes. I get my holiday pay at cover driver rate now but when I first started cover driving, I got paid at hub rate for 4 hours many times. I think it might also have to do with reports the week of the holiday but I'm not sure of that as well.
Hope that helps and good luck!