So Now I'm "On Call"...

Discussion in 'The Archives' started by pgraening, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. pgraening

    pgraening Guest

    Today my sup told me that I am on-call next week, and possibly the week after that. Low volumes, he says, are the reason. Anyone have any other ideas why? Is my performance really that bad? Are they trying to avoid getting me to the seniority period? We had four people on vacation this week, and now that they'll be back he says I will need to call in every night.
  2. kidlogic

    kidlogic Guest

    Volume always dips down after Labor Day. Something to think about: If your on call now you could be completely laid off after Christmas. I would ask around.
  3. proups

    proups Guest

    Being on call isn't a bad thing - it is a business reality at UPS. When the volume drops, the most senior people get to work. That is contractual. If your Sup put you on call, he/she may plan to give some days off, so you might work next week.

    I would not worry too much about after Christmas. We always hire a lot of help for peak season, and the people laid off after peak are usually people hired in October, November, and December.
  4. kidlogic

    kidlogic Guest

    Proups do you think volume after Christmas is going to be more then right now? That is what it will take to put this guy on full time. If your answer is No then he will be stand a good chance of being laid off.
  5. antimatter

    antimatter Guest

    When I started for UPS in 1976 they had a position called "Casual Hubman" which is what I hired in as. I had to wake up every morning at 1:30 am and call in to see if they needed me. This went on for a month or so before I was "promoted" to part-time status. Don't think it is performance related... it could be, but volume is a bit lower from what I hear.

  6. feeder

    feeder Guest

    I wish I could be laid-off for a week or two, thats the disadvantages you have being one of the senior senority guys!!
  7. clarkie

    clarkie Guest

    The heck with calling in. Just show up at 15 minutes before your normal start time. You'll have people volunteering to go home if they're overstaffed.
    [​IMG] pick me...pick me...
  8. upslocal480

    upslocal480 Guest

    <font color="0000ff">That is what I was going to say. We had a situation like that recently. Instead of laying the new guy off every day our part-time sup would schedule layoffs a week in advance. We all pretty much rotated days off by seniority. pgraening...I would definately show up each day if I were you.</font>
  9. browndude

    browndude Guest

    there is no such thing as being on call. we had a driver who was told he was on call for that day well the next day he filed a grievance for the prior day because he spent the whole day setting by the phone waiting for it to ring and guess what he got 8 hours pay for it and since then there has not been another on call driver here.
  10. kidlogic

    kidlogic Guest

    Browndude do you think that is a good move if he hasnt made senority yet?? Be a good boy now. You have a whole career after to choose how you are going to be.
  11. browndude

    browndude Guest

    well i won't be setting by the phone waiting for it to ring. [​IMG]
  12. pgraening

    pgraening Guest

    I don't have seniority yet. I'm confused - one minute management is telling me that I'm progressing, I'm doing great, and I have a helpful attitude, and the next, I'm getting put on call.... it just bugs me a bit.
  13. afups

    afups Guest

    "I'm getting put on call.... it just bugs me a bit."

    You are being trained and given the opportunity to work at UPS. You, in turn, are giving your time and efforts to become a full time employee.

    It will come. When the volume is down people are put on call. When people don't show up for work, they call the people on call, etc. I can understand your frustration but that is the way it is. You vent your frustrations on this board but doing so is a waste of time. Work with your supervisors and fellow workers to let them know how anxious you are to become full time.

    If you vent long enough and often enough you run the risk of "getting an attitude" and that could be become a determining factor on your future full time employment.

    I wish you luck in all your endeavors.
  14. proups

    proups Guest

    Kid: I don't know if he works in a Hub or extended center. That might make a difference after peak.

    Clarkie and upslocal480 make my point about people willing to go home so there will be no layoff.

    The best thing to do is show up and there will probably be a PT'er that will take a day off.
  15. pgraening

    pgraening Guest

    I work in a hub. Part-timer. I'm not disagreeing with management at all - I understand, low volume, people returning from vacation, it all adds up to not needing me. I just have to call them up every night to see if I have to come in. But I'm afraid this would mean I'm not going to get seniority or stay on...? That's the only thing that worries me.

    This is my first week of college, though, so not having to work every night may be helpful.
  16. toonertoo

    toonertoo Guest

    I think all ups employees have one thing in common, "hours" we dont get enough hours, or we get too many hours. When you finally get one, you want the other. On call isnt fun, you have to put your whole day on hold. You will make it, hang in there, soon you will be begging for a day off.
  17. mr_roboto

    mr_roboto Guest

    if you are planning to be a full-time ups employee, why are you going to college?
  18. over9five

    over9five Guest

    If you are going to college full time, why not get an easy job at McDonalds?
  19. proups

    proups Guest

    pgraening: don't listen to those that would suggest that you quit college or work elsewhere. You sound like you will make a good UPSer.

    As for seniority, look at a contract book. Unless your local supplement is different, if you work 30 consecutive days in a 90 day period, you gain seniority. You'll get those 30 days during peak, and since you work in a Hub, you probably won't face a layoff after peak.
  20. kidlogic

    kidlogic Guest

    Proups is half right. There is a blocked out period coming into peak where your 30 days wont count. I would ask your stewart on what is going on. Becareful here because you will get the "feel good" answer at this UPS board.See how Proups said you would probably not get laid off.( nothing personal Proups)You need to be prepared for what really could happen. Work harder then all the on call people and you stand a better chance, but have plan if things dont work out.