So, you want to be a trucker?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by BottomFeeder909, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Mack37

    Mack37 Active Member

    Whatever turns your crank. Truck driving is considered a “skilled” craft here as it has licensing requirements whereas letter carriers and 5-ton folks don’t.

    Doesn’t really matter either way as nobody is bringing their seniority with them here and it was the same way with the local when I was at UPS.
     
  2. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    The only "licensing requirements" are a driving skills test that you take one time. By that standard driving your car is a craft. Plumbing is a craft, cabinet making is a craft. Holding a steering wheel while you listen to the radio is not a craft, it's just a job.
     
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Our mall driver, who also recently retired, decided to bid in to feeders during his last bid cycle. Yes, he received the requisite training, but he was one of those drivers that the OP is bitching about. He really should not have been behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler.
     
  4. Mack37

    Mack37 Active Member

    Maintaining a CDL is the licensing requirement. USPS job categories are called crafts.

    Are you a package car driver bitter towards those with a cdl or what?
     
  5. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure @Jones is a feeder driver.

    Are you a CDL holder that needs to inflate his ego by pretending it's some extremely difficult job to learn and hold?

    Because you sound like one.
     
  6. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Maintaining a license is a requirement for driving your car, that doesn't make it a craft. I drove package for 18 years, been driving tractor trailers for the last 7. It's hands down the easiest job I've ever had in my life.
     
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  7. But it's a very big responsibility.
     
  8. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Sure, but so is delivery. And in feeders nobody is hassling you about production and all that garbage. Show up on time and work safely and you're a good driver, it's really a piece of cake.
     
  9. I would go into feeders but I don't want to get fat like @Johney
     
  10. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    It's a choice brother. I'm 10lbs lighter than I was when I left delivery.
     
  11. I'll stay where I'm at. I'm a glutton for punishment
     
  12. Mack37

    Mack37 Active Member

    Certainly not, been doing it a long time so I could care less at this point. I would argue that it is somewhat difficult to master at a high level but you can also get by being mediocre as we see all the time. One big enough screw up can kill a commercial driving career pretty quick so I would say it’s only easy to hold if you’re good at it.

    We’ll contact the Postmaster General because the Postal Service is the one that has it as a skilled craft, which is what I said. Let them know how much the terminology they use upsets you.

    Easier then what? Lugging boxes upstairs? So it’s physically easier? What else?
     
  13. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    I may be fat but you're ugly and at least I can diet.
     
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  14. I'm beautiful when the lights are shut off.
     
  15. Craft dictionary definition | craft defined
    The definition of a craft is a special skill or art or an occupation that requires a special skill or art.

    I love the way ignorant people make up their own definitions to suit their argument.
     
  16. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I blame the postmaster.
     
  17. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    D
    disagree about what exactly? Everything I said is truth. Please elaborate.
     
  18. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Driving a truck is a craft? My dad told me years ago that driving a truck is something you do when you can't do anything else. He is a retired Teamster truck driver.
     
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  19. Your opinion that classification seniority means seniority doesn't actually "mean something" or "reflect the time, effort and sacrifice we all made."