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Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Go Brown Or Go Home!, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Go Brown Or Go Home!

    Go Brown Or Go Home! Active Member

    So im new to working at ups but ive done plenty of research and know a few package drivers so I kinda have an idea of what questions to ask and not ask as im still new. The drivers i do know dont work at my hub though. What Im confused about is I have asked my f/t sup and other guys that have worked at my hub how long its taking to be a full time perm driver. NOBODY has any idea here. My sup told me to call HR and she would put me on the driver bid list.
    Shouldnt the bid list be up somewhere in the hub?

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  2. mnupsman1989

    mnupsman1989 New Member

    In my hub when there is a driver position coming available they will hang a bid sheet for 48hrs. You sign it and then who ever has highest seniority wins the bid. In my hub it's about 10yrs to win a bid but I know in a hub just across town it only takes months to win a bid. It all depends on location. What you could do is find the building seniority list and look at everyone's part-time and full-time start dates and see how long it took everyone

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  3. DoctorMario

    DoctorMario Member

    Yeah ask where they keep the bidlists at. Where I work they have them up front as soon as you walk in the Hub on a table. Sign the bidlist that says "Pt to Ft".

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  4. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    No one can accurately tell you how long it will take to get the chance to go full time driving. Not HR. Not your center manager. No one. Way too many variables are involved.

    Some may throw out a number based on past averages and it may be a fair estimate but a lot can happen. If the economy collapses, wait time can triple, for example.

    When I was first hired as a part timer, the HR manager said we could expect to drive in about 2 years. I ended up having my life on hold waiting for 5.5 years.
  5. Go Brown Or Go Home!

    Go Brown Or Go Home! Active Member

    Thanks for the replies. I was asking the people around me for an answer of at least who I can go and talk to. Nobody wants to be bothered with that. Apparently it seems to be to much trouble. Its ok, ill get it figured out.

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  6. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Don't let it discourage you. If you really want to drive, then wait it out. It's a matter of whether or not you can get by with another job while you wait. Just be sure it's what you want and that you're cut out for this type of work before making the investment.

    Sorry it's hard to get a straight answer on how long it will take. The only time you know how long it will take is the moment you get called about an opening.
  7. shampoohorn

    shampoohorn New Member

    In 2006 I was told 5 years + or -. I'm now approaching 8 years as pt'er and just got a ft bid. So my center manager's math wasn't too far off considering I also delivered with him when he was in a bind for the past few years, his math is almost spot on.
    The thing I noticed with new hires is when they inquire about how long to ft package, some vet pt'ers get a little defensive, even protective as if the new hire is going to jump ahead of them or brown nose(pardon the pun) their way into ft driving.
    Not sure of the specifics where you are. Just get your name on the driver list. You get to pick 3 centers in the state where you want to drive in order of preference. Also something to consider.

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  8. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    Just find out who the shop steward or Business Agent, they should know. Also, find the youngest looking drivers and ask them. In my building, Bid Lists are left up for a week, I look on ours at least once a week.
  9. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Some of the other variables to how long it takes is if the other PTers ahead of you want to go driving or if they have a clean drivers license or if they can drive a manual transmission.
  10. Go Brown Or Go Home!

    Go Brown Or Go Home! Active Member

    Ha shampoohorn, you are spot on about pters being protective and defensive. I actually dont mind the work. Its hard but I also was a machine tech in a steel factory for 12 yrs so hard work is good for you. Getting a answer isnt gonna discourage me in the least. Im just gonna take it day by day. I do have a full time job with a somewhat flexible schedule so at least I can wait it out till something comes up. Thanks again!

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  11. shampoohorn

    shampoohorn New Member

    We did have a seasonal pre-loader on his 3rd day of unloading stated he had ordered his browns, and would be ft package in 6 months. He no call no showed early December never to return. We still joke around about ordering your browns to this day.

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  12. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

  13. Gumby

    Gumby *

  14. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

  15. Gumby

    Gumby *

    U got too much time on your hands!...lmao:happy_new_year:
  16. Go Brown Or Go Home!

    Go Brown Or Go Home! Active Member

    I think I just :censored2: myself!! LMFAO!!!!

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  17. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    For now yes. but once I go back to ALCATRAZ i wont lol

    BSWALKS I Wanna Be Sedated

    Lol @ milkshake dance.
  19. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    That fatt little bastard is funny as heck dude lol
  20. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Was that Jumpman before you hit puberty? I think you liked taco bell a lil too much there