Seasonal driver helpers (series of questions)

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Barack Odrama, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Barack Odrama

    Barack Odrama New Member

    1. what exactly do they do? (details)
    2. what is the hourly rates?
    3. is it true that you have to start off as a package handler to become a driver helper
    4. do drivers normally treat their helpers to food after the shift?
    5. will i be literally running?
  2. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    This should be a fun read!
  3. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    1.They deliver the packages for the drivers
    2.Varies but in local 710 they start at 80% of the drivers starting rate which is roughly $14.00 an hr.
    3. No but you get paid more if you work inside also.
    4. Don't know maybe if you are good and the driver likes you.
    5. Walk don't run according to UPS safety rules. (But sometimes yes)
  4. 705red

    705red Browncafe Steward

    The last time you asked for advice you badgered everyone that tryed to help. Lets see how many replies that you get, i wouldnt imagine it to be too many, at least from the people that really matter around here.
  5. Barack Odrama

    Barack Odrama New Member

    thank you for replying to my question even though i made some disrespectful remarks towards u in the other thread

    and wow @14 bucks an hour. thats think it would be the same in NYC?..i dont think the package handlers make more than the driver helpers because package handlers here make 8.50 to i would think that driver helpers make the same amount or a little more..can anyone confirm 14 bucks an hour throughout the u.s?
  6. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    IF it is $14.00 an hour where you are at, and IF you are a driver helper, come back and let us know if you still think that the $14.00 an hour was such a sweet deal.
    The helpers we get around here are abused, and if you want the driver to keep you and give you the hours you have to be willing to be abused in order for them to keep you longer in order to benefit them. I'm not saying it is fair, or that I agree with it, but I would just assume do it all myself instead of having to think for two people and keep two people busy. I think a helper counts against a driver as "1/2 a person", so the driver and helper have to do the work of 1 1/2 people in order to justify the helper. It works great in some residential areas, not so great in most- especially with some of the winner helpers that get hired.
  7. Barack Odrama

    Barack Odrama New Member

    i thank you for your input, sir..and if i get this job ill be sure to let you know what i think. i would guess in NYC it would be harder..since we deal with rain and snow in the winter...but for someone with ZERO job experience and for someone who has never had a job on the books (worked off the books) i think 14 bucks an hour is good regardless of the torture and my long as the driver and i can obtain a healthy employee to employee relationship..i wont see the ready for anything:happy-very:
  8. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    We get snow and wind and cold where I'm at too. Good Luck!!!!
  9. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    Sorry Odrama I was guesstimating earlier but the 80% of starting pay is $12.88 an hr. not $14 but still not shabby. Also if you are a pkg. handler and work for UPS you make more than an off the street hire.
  10. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I don't know about where you are, but the Helpers got $8.50 an hour here last year. I would take an inside job over a Helper anytime. A lot of Helpers don't get very many hours either. Most of the time they were telling us to work them 2-3 hours a day until a couple of weeks before Christmas. Not worth it.
  11. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    In the 710 contract book says that helpers start at 80% of driver start rate or their regular rate if higher, but not to exceed $14 an hr.
  12. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    Id say worry about gettting the job first before trying to move into and help other areas....
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    DQ loves to put the cart squarely in front of the horse.
  14. PaidDriveTime?

    PaidDriveTime? New Member

    Last year when I was a helper I made 11.80, or something around that. This year I know it has been raised and I believe they said it to be around 13. I live in a fairly rural area, so its not nearly as bad as other places could have it as a helper. NYC would probably suck because you will be crawling in and out of that truck probably 40-50 times an hour. I ran a couple of those last year, and trust me you will be tired. My advice is to try and land a rural route with a driver you get along with, and try to stick with them the whole time. I must say, however, that it isnt as bad as you might think. The time really flys by if you are in the right situation.
  15. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    Around here helpers off the street get 9.50, inside helpers get 11.00, and they are really stingy about hours. They will want you to work 3.5 hours until a few weeks before x-mas, and they want you to start at 10:30 after the air is off so as a preloader that’s like a 2 hour break, plus you take lunch with the driver.
  16. PaidDriveTime?

    PaidDriveTime? New Member

    So by take lunch with the driver you mean you dont take lunch. haha I not once ever saw a driver take lunch when I was with them.
  17. tritese

    tritese tritese

    driver helpers make 8.50 an hour here (last i heard)
  18. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    most drivers take lunch before or after they get their helper so as to burn as many resi's as possible. I could burn about 45/50 an hour in some neighborhoods why eat lunch then if you only have helper for 3 hrs a day he could grab his lunch later,not on my time. If i had him more than 4 i would tell him to bring a lunch and eat it while i was setting up a hundred then he could catch a break and we would then burn em of like the paperboy!!!!!!! i would allways buy him coffee during peak and yes i would throw in a nice tip on the 23rd!!