I could be wrong, but I believe if you are wanting to transfer within your district it is pretty much a done deal and no problems, just need to have a job opening there. Example would be I work in the Kansas District and can tranfer within it with no problems. If I want to transfer out of my district it has to be approved which like someone else said is so rare it could be a myth, but they want a very good reason to transfer you like say a spouse got transfered at thier job and a move is a must for you. For part-timers going to school and changing schools might be a good reason to allow the transfer. It may all be based on how much of a brown noser you are.
My transfer was a headache but only because my full-time sup was a #*tch and made it as difficult as possible for me. Here is how things should work.....write a letter stating you want to transfer from such and such hub to such and such hub....give it and a copy of your acceptance letter to HR....wait for approval.....done. And someone was write when they said transferring to a small center was difficult. Turnover at those is next to nothing. In my center we once went a full year without anyone quiting. In the hubs they'll sometimes lose 10-20 people in as little as a week.
Transfers are ultimately decided by the head of HR and your immediate full-time supervisor. They have to approve it. Unless you are just a total loser (excessive call ins, lazy, etc.,) then they should approve it. The only thing that should stop a transfer is if there isn't an opening at the building you wish to transfer to. If someone is transfering to a hub, which usually has a high turnover rate, then they should have no trouble.
From the National Master UPS Agreement, available (as Fate would have it) right here on BrownCafe . . .
"ARTICLE 22. PART-TIME EMPLOYEES
Section 6 - Part-time Employee Transfer
Part-time employees who wish to transfer to another location for educational purposes may submit a written request to the Employer. If approved, the transfer shall be allowed subject to the following conditions:
A. A part-time opening exists at the desired location.
B. Employees must have attained seniority and been employed by the Employer for at least one (1) year.
C. Job Classification Seniority shall be end-tailed.
D. Company seniority shall be retained for the purpose of number of weeks of vacation, and number of holidays in accordance with the applicable Supplement at the new location.
E. Any expenses, including moving expenses associated with an approved transfer, shall be the responsibility of the employee."