Pro Athletes Earn Their Jobs Every Year. Would You Still Have Yours?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by olroadbeech, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    In the pro athlete world, athletes must earn their jobs every year and even every game.

    that got me to thinking about our jobs. we are pretty well protected by the union. however , if we had to keep our jobs by merit alone, how many of us would still have jobs?

    I bet half wouldn't. after 25 years I know I cant keep up with the younger drivers but I hope my experience would make up for it.

    what if performance counted for everything?

  2. Tough Guy

    Tough Guy Active Member

    You never know, there's some guys that are 20 or more years older than me that can run circles around me, and I'm no slouch. Not even knowing you or your center I'm sure you could do the same to some youngsters. At least on area knowledge alone.
  3. Mechanic86

    Mechanic86 Turd Polishing Expert

    Yep every time, I recently came from the real world, this union stuff is new to me.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Half is on the high side but, yes, there are some of us who would get cut from the team.
  5. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    I had over 20 years working in the real world before this job and when I first started here my first impression was "how the heck do some of these guys have jobs here?"
  6. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Pro athletes get paid what they do because they are athletically gifted individuals who are capable of physical feats that no one else is. Our job doesn't require anything like that, anybody can do it as long they aren't physically disabled. If we didn't have a union the job wouldn't go to the "best" person, it would go to the person who was willing work the cheapest.
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  7. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    If we were like pro athletes I'd be on every ones fantasy league. Just sayin.....
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  8. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    I guess it would depend on UPS's definition of merit.
  9. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    pay us like pro athletes with reasonable performance "cutoffs" and our tenures wouldn't last beyond physical prime ;)

    telematics, ORION, and the endless reports look like an American sports team being displayed...not something I am proud of at all. embarrassing actually, goes to show (in part) how impersonal and detached the "real" management is from the everyday world.
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  10. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    UPS's definition of merit = "Why couldn't you do it like Johnny Runner Gunner?"
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  11. jerseyupser

    jerseyupser Member

    NFL players that's semi true but MLB and NBA their contracts are FULLY guaranteed no matter what. I'm not too sure how the NHL works.
  12. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    The pro's have union's, insuring them guaranteed contracts and pensions. Even if your career is short, if you are smart with your money you should be in a great position.
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Ask Earl Campbell how that worked out for him.
  14. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    A couple of years ago, they would have said, "I remember when he was at the top of his game," as I hobbled out to my car at the end of the day. Since having my knees done, I am the comeback player of the year.
  15. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Were talking now, right?
  16. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Cause Johnny Runner is 25+ years younger than me.
    You will be asking him in 20 yrs why he doesn't do a route as fast as some young kid.
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  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Just started my 27th year and my cover drivers still can't keep up.
  18. Harry Manback

    Harry Manback Robot Extraordinaire

    Could we consider you a "walk on" in this scenario?
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I prefer highly sought after recruit/free agent.
  20. Harry Manback

    Harry Manback Robot Extraordinaire

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