peak drivers not working

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by New guy, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Hello all, I'm new to this site as well as to UPS. I along w/others are new hire feeder drivers at Cach & have been surprised to only work 3 or 4 days p/wk during peak & it's not looking good this week either being Xmas week. Is this normal practice to leave full time guys home during peak season & does it get worse after peak (or, actually how bad is the ? ) I was thinking of getting a p/t driving job to fill in the days off but w/being on call daily I don't see how I could do that. Thanks guys & gals & Merry Xmas to all.
  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Are you ft or just a seasonal hire that won't have a job in a few weeks?
  3. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Full time but have yet to work it unless I go on w/a sleeper team when needed as a fill in.
  4. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Any contractors working? We have quite a few here.
  5. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Yes, they're lined least when I'm there but other than going there on days off I don't know for certain.
  6. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Off the street hire i assume....have you make book?
  7. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Yes I did : ) I know it's tough now but as time moves along it should get better. Just annoying to sit home during peak.
  8. bottomups

    bottomups Bad Moon Risen'

    I'm sitting home. Not annoyed at all. Raining hard today and I am bone dry sitting beside the fire.
  9. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    Sounds like you're under Local 710 jurisdiction. Generally speaking, yes, you can expect some lean times at the bottom of the on-call board. Talk to your fellow 710 drivers, especially the low seniority ones. Figure out the system, the angles you can work. For example, if there are a bunch of Mon-Thurs bids on the regular board, I would guess you're more likely to work on Fri-Sat. If you are willing to work out of another building nearby, make sure management knows that. If the vacation bids are posted, look at those and do some math. If there are are 30 drivers scheduled off and you are #25 on the on-call board, expect to work; if you're #40, it doesn't look good.

    As far as the contractors, read what the 710 union contract says about it. I know what I've heard, but haven't read it myself so I'm not going to comment.

    Make sure you understand how and if your benefits are covered. Talk to the union stewards/business agent. Hopefully there is an arrangement to maintain coverage.
  10. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Thanks hondo, I've done some of that short of asking to work out of another bldg. I'll keep my fingers crossed & hope that things improve as the contractors leave & sleeper teams come back on board. Merry Christmas to you & your family.
    And Merry Christmas to the rest of you too.
  11. New guy

    New guy New Member

    Nice : ) I'm home dry too. It's good to relax & watch tv, unfortunately $$ helps at Christmas time.
  12. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    The way I hear it....things are slow. I would ask about volunteering to work tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. As I understand it....They had sign up sheets posted for those days.