So... I'm getting an offer

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TheKid99, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    At the railroad as a dispatcher
    Top rate is $43/hr

    I really like UPS... i want to be a driver so bad im that close.

    I just got my year in

    but $43/hr is too much to pass up on and the railroad benefits are top notch.

    I have no idea what to do this is overwhelming.
  2. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Look at the pros and cons of both.
    The decision you make will be the right one for you.
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  3. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    But is that job guaranteed?! Like your Union one at UPS?

    It really is a tough call though. Especially if the railroad offers "normal" hours.
  4. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    Not sure of the hours the rail is 24 hours so i may be doing nights.

    The rail job is a union job

    I think i can work around it while training to see if i like it.

    I have too much experience with delivery.. i love it lol

    Money doesn't mean anything if i do not like it even if im getting $43/hour

    Ill start off at 80% of top rate.

    Ill rather get paid $18.75 doing something i like then to make $34/hr doing something i dislike
  5. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Looking back to where UPS was when I started to where they are today, I would take the railroad job. Looking forward with UPS I think they will always be finding ways to trim the! You haven't qualified yet as a full time driver, and it's no joke! I'm not sure you would have to go thru basic training for the railroad. It may not be full time from day one or top pay from day one, both jobs have that in common. My 2 cents.
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  6. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    You think they will reduce the $36/hr after 2018? If so i may leave lol

    But nope im still a pt handler and actually won a bid for a full time permanent driver but i was disqualified.
  7. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    And ill be on the extra board for a minute if i decide to take the job.

    1 week training, i think a couple of months on the job training, etc.

    I hear drivers say i feel sorry for the young upsers
  8. SaladTosser

    SaladTosser Kill me now

    I worked on the rails before I became a driver. Nights and weekends are guaranteed until you gain a lot of seniority. Work is easier and not as physically demanding. The retirement is the best around.

    Driving isn't hard but it isn't easy either. Overall I'm just driving to have weekends off and the insurance is free.

    Both jobs are cool so just do whatever you feel like.
  9. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    With access point, my choice, sure post, all forms of taking away driver work,(full time jobs).Ups will continually look to take work away from drivers. The hourly rate was not what I was referring to, however future raises are not a given., as this is written into our current contract. As far as you being disqualified once, I don't have a warm and fuzzy feeling they will pass you the next time around.
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  10. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    I was dq because something showed on my driving record i will be clear in two months and thanks i have to keep that in mind
  11. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    You're driving record may meet the threshold of qualification, but your opportunity may be a ways down the road. This first dq may of set you back a long time, with the 6 to 1 hiring ratio.
  12. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    My buddy was an Air Traffic Controller and made the jump to railroad dispatch, said it's the best decision he's ever made. The hours suck at first, but the pay and benefits are very good.
  13. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    I used to know a lot of ARTC's. We had a bar near the airport, and a bunch of those guys were serious drinkers. A very difficult job. One of them told me you can only survive in the job if you thought about moving blips around a screen. If you stopped and thought about having 500 souls under your complete control and 1 mistake would be catastrophic, it would eat you up. I would say about 50% of those guys had heart attacks by age 45. I had a chance at a SP job out of high school, and I wish I'd have taken it now.
  14. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    Congrats and see ya ... have a good life.
  15. Browndriver5

    Browndriver5 Active Member

    How will access point and my choice eliminate jobs? Do the packages float to those locations?
  16. Gumby

    Gumby *

    The same way as Sure Post.
  17. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Take the RR job and don't look back.
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  18. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    No, the sup drives them there when your not looking.
  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I would take the RR offer.
  20. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    have you spoken to any railway workers at that hub?

    they are really who you need to be asking questions to.