True, but not always true. We have some of these out of our building but most if not all of the drivers live very close to the remote site as I understand it. It was still bidded out via the normal contract procedure but the guys who got it all lived up there so they vastly reduced their travel time to work instead of going further. This also means they get off earlier because of closer to home or I should say they get home sooner.flash506488 said:A satellite route is where the driver doesn't start at the building. He has to drive 40-50 miles in his own vehicle to where the route starts, where a package car is kept and another driver pulls a trailer for him to unload onto the package car. Later start time=later getting off.
You're right. The company probably isn't saving any money but it looks good on paper and anything they (the company) can do to demoralize and "divide and conquer" the working masses is fine and dandy.
If I were a package driver I would be very concerned about what the contract language says about this and is the company testing this concept in preparation to slam us on the next contract?
I can see it now........"oh, but you have been letting us (the company) do this since late 2005 without any objections so we are implementing it in the 2008 contract language.".
The company is good at sneaking things in under our noses and then calling it "past practice".
In fact, what the company may be gearing up to do is use two part-timers on each route. One PT'er starts early and runs for five hours then another PT'er meets the first one on route and runs for five hours. Simple math equation: 5+5=10 hour day, no benefits, much lower labor costs and a younger workforce because all the old-timers quit or retired early on the "early out" offer the company, just coincidentally, made at the 2008 contract "last, best and final" offer.
I would watch it closely.