Question about becoming a driver after reading article from Yahoo.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by msuspar2003, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. msuspar2003

    msuspar2003 New Member

    I saw this article on Yahoo that over the next 5 years UPS will hire 25k new drivers to replace baby boomers. here is the link

    I have been with UPS for 2 1/2 years is that not enough time to be in the running to be a driver? Also, how to you go about trying to be a driver? Do you have to sign a bid sheet or write a letter to HR?

    My hub never seems to want to supply any information. So any info would be great. Thanks
  2. brownrod

    brownrod Active Member

    Depends on how many employees have been in your location for more than 2.5 years that want the job also.

    Some locals put out a sheet once per year and everyone interested signs it. If a driver position opens up they ask the highest senior employee on the list if they want the job. My local used to do it this way.

    The way my local does it now (and a lot of others) is if a driver position opens up they put up a bid sheet for a week and anyone interested signs it. Highest senior employee who is qualified for the position is given the chance.

    After 2.5 years you should have a feel for where you stand in line. Unless you are in a huge hub and there are hundreds of people you haven't even met yet. In my center there are less than 50 pters so I always knew where I stood in line and it wasn't a surprise when I got the driver position.
  3. 705red

    705red Browncafe Steward

    Write a letter to HR asking to have your name put on the package car waiting list. Do this at the end of every year for the following year. In my building HR has forms that we fill out asking us which buildings we are intersted in, we have 11 UPS in our local and can take a driver job at any of them.

    I read that article earlier and it states that it will need to replace 25,000 drivers over the next 5 years due to retirement. Thats 25% of todays drivers, now that is some turnover, god bless those 25,000 for making it to retirement!

    NHDRVR New Member

    Headline says "UPS is looking for a few good drivers...", I wonder if they have forgotten about all of the ones that were laid off back to part-time.
  5. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I wonder if it's just coicendence, this news came out today, with the UPS stock review (to buy some)....
    25000 more drivers retire within 5 years. means 25000 more on the payroll (pensions and medical).

    Besides, don't know how the lower dollar value will effect UPS. It effected GM big time - negativly !
  6. Re-Raise

    Re-Raise Well-Known Member

    Identifying competitor packages on a video game ... wow.
  7. bad company

    bad company semi-pro

    That "supervisor" that gave him a pat on the back is my new division manager effective Monday. Maybe she'll give me a pat on the back for identifying the incompetent management that I am privileged to work with in real life.
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    According to my wife, she will more likely give you a pat on the butt.
  9. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Here's what's comming to you : LOL
  10. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner


    This is a joke, right ??
  11. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Nope, thats part of the training. Right from the start they grab you by the balls ! LOL
  12. rod

    rod retired and happy

    that guy looks like a pupet on a string
  13. mpeedy

    mpeedy Member

    It shows how disconnected corperate is from the day to day operations. So sad.
  14. Hawaii50

    Hawaii50 Active Member

  15. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Scary thought :
    You know, how UPS claims every accident is the drivers fault, because they have been giving the tools and proper training to avoid them....
    Well, maybe that's thier next step : Every fall and slip accident is also the drivers fault, because they have been trained how to avoid them ?
  16. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    Thats actually safety training. The driver practices walking on a slick surface while secure in a safety harness. Klein if you're going to present it at least be prepared to explain it.
  17. Highwayman

    Highwayman Member

  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Klein, as you know, UPS documents both accidents and injuries and employees who have more than one documented injury are called "repeaters" and have the pleasure of receiving extra attention and training. I have been classified as a repeater and have extra attention and training on a monthly basis. There are 8-10 of us in my center alone. Injuries, especially lost time injuries, do cost the company money and eliminating and/or reducing them does make sense, but we live in an imperfect world with what can be seen as unreasonable demands in terms of work and pace and, yes, injuries will occur.

    In most cases slip and fall injuries are the employees fault. That is my personal opinion only.
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    That is for the drivers who work in the 'hood. Kind of like Wussup.
  20. Highwayman

    Highwayman Member

    I think a new set of sayings to memorize is coming.