Temp drivers being hired for Ground...

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by HomeDelivery, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    my local area, the temp agency is hiring Ground drivers, but not at HD... craigslist ads are popping up near certain hubs.

    HD called some temp drivers back to see if they want to try driving the longer stepvans (P1200?) and/or 18'-26' straight trucks. Some already wised up and said "no thanks"

    out of the 100 temp drivers this peak at HD, only a dozen stayed on.
    & only a handful came back to update their info in the system to stay active

    did they get a bump in volume? or Ground guys finally getting fed up w/ their workload. I asked a few about their pay & told them that i'm getting the same or better w/ less stress

    our route are set up in stop order, we don't have pickup deadlines, we get less bulk stops, we get a map printout for the delivery day so we can make changes on-the-fly if the stop order/trace is wack...

    some of the Ground routes i had to cover doesn't really make me straightline, more of a figure 8 trace... i hated that & a few agreed. So no more going to Ground on Mondays for me.

    Ground has less stops/miles than HD in the same general area, but compensates w/ sheer bulk parcels in their vehicles. But, i'm not breaking my back, shoulder, or knees for the same or less pay at Ground.

    our volume didn't dip down as drastically as previous years; some drivers are still @ peak-seaon levels. I finally got smoother/faster in my SPH just due to the right equipment (stepvan) & decent people massaging the stop order correctly
  2. ImWaitingForTheDay

    ImWaitingForTheDay Annoy a conservative....Think for yourself

    Check out this fine job....
  3. DRAisawesome

    DRAisawesome Active Member

    She's a beaut Clark. I'm sure the benefits are great though.
  4. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    $11 a hour, what a joke. After taxes that's barely $300 take home. Bet count on that definite overtime pay if they pay after 8 hrs.

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  5. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    11 an hour to drive in Buffalo weather.
  6. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    $11 an hour. Who wants to bet, no benefits either. That contractor should be ashamed of himself.
  7. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Really. Talk about crap pay for driving in almost constant lake effect snow for almost 6 months out of the year.
  8. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    When I first read that I was actually offended by 11 hr. If someone unemployed was thinking of that job, just stay on unemployment because u would probably make more after taxes

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  9. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    Are there no warehouse jobs in Buffalo?
  10. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    wow, i thought upstate NY pay would be more than that...

    the hourly temp drivers in my area are at $13-14 per hour

    they're just planning ahead again & adding temp drivers for upcoming mothers day. & maybe to replace some drivers that are quitting/ or planning to quit...

    i guess the peak drivers from this past Xmas had moved on to better things
    now, will Express get supplemental drivers for that holiday?

    or will they force them to work Saturday & Sunday for just that holiday this year?!?
  11. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    We use the FO drivers at our station to get through.

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  12. Operational needs

    Operational needs Non desistas. Non exieras.

    They will force us to work Saturday and probably ask for volunteers for Sunday. Express doesn't do supplemental drivers. They just work the full timers harder and hope the part timers will be willing to work more hours.
  13. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    True, but unemployment ends and there is currently no federal extension. Ground is not only an obscene rip-off, but it's subsidized labor...just like WalMart.
  14. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    While I agree that is underpaying. If he is keeping employees then good for him. $11 an hour is still higher than delivering pizzas.

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  15. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    The bar keeps getting lower because the incentive to pay less is strong in a set-up like Ground. if he is keeping employees, bad on him.
  16. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    Heck I thought while I was working there my pay was bad, I just can't imagine how bad you must need a job If you are willing to work for 11 a hour. I would quit after day 1. You could make more as a package handler working 4 to 5 hours a day or night. I wish there was a standard that contractors have to pay someone to work. After seeing that I'm glad I left ground. Even know that I doesn't affect me, just seeing that it just made feel bad for whoever has to deal with that.

    I just think eventually ground/hd will run out of people to put in trucks at that point

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  17. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    i thought pizza delivery guys make more (well just on weekends & maybe on monday night football)

    it can be worse... look at the 3rd party couriers, ie, lasership or ontrac
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    They do (if you include tips and gas reimbursement).
  19. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    There is a standard. It's called minimum wage.

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  20. freelabor

    freelabor Member

    they're probably hiring suckers for summer.