It's an understood fact that the holidays are a prelude to a shortage of work until the early spring. I've only been at UPS Freight for 3 months, and I'm used to 50-55 hours a week. I have been off of work now for 2 weeks now, yet I get up and call at 5AM Monday thru Friday to "see if I'm needed". I've even called central on Saturdays for any loose road runs that come by occasionally. Coupled with the cost of living, I am having to consider getting a second job on nights. I understand that the senior employees should get hours first, but they're getting overtime while I worry about rent, food, and utilities; the basic necessities. Should it be that once a senior employee gets their 40-42 hours, the new guys who are in need of a mere 10 hours or so should be able to work? I know you senior guys probably disagree, but I support 3 people, and I think there's probably a more reasonable way to distribute hours based upon need and still honor seniority. Finally. I was called back to work today, but started at 1PM and ended at 7PM. That's a start, but it gives me 6 regular hours and 8 holiday hours for New Year's Day. Some of the guys were talking in the office at the end of the day, and I heard 50, 53.5, 45, and 46 hours. I'm hungry... On a possible good note, we may be having a union meeting this next weekend. I hope all goes well, and hope that this meeting will answer my endless array of questions about contracts, pay, hour guaranteed minimums, benefits, pensions and retirement, representation, all the bells and whistles. I was told that fulltime employees at Indy have a 40 hour guarantee. That woils help A LOT! Union/Hours for newer guys, your thoughts?