Thank you for the response. I am the first to admit I wasn’t 100% aware of the rules. I never really needed to know the rules or needed the union until now. I never had to deal with the full time supervisor from the smalls sort area until recently. He’s a very bad person in general. I think the union needs to change the rules. I understand I agreed to a certain position. That being said nobody explained that to me. Neither management or the union. I got that information from this forum. In my opinion a part time employee in their 20’s with less then a year on the job shouldn’t have an easier job and job preference over someone with 25+ years on the job that’s in in the late 50’s.
1) One of the top rules in life...know what you are putting your signature on to commit to.
2) Second rule: no one is going to do the background work for you. The explanation is in the CBA. It is written for YOU to be able to read--on your own. Your mommy is not going to come and hold your hand and explain every aspect of a position. It comes down to one easily understood idea.
3) Third rule: get involved in protecting and knowing your own rights under a contract or be prepared to surrender them.
You are assigned where the company needs you. You don't get a choice. They can assign you to drive. They can assign you to do inside work. They can stick you in the trailers on a 100 degree day. You are the UAW jobs bank worker for UPS. That's where Hoffa got the idea from.
You gave away your seniority and all other rights for job selection to go from 17.5 hours guaranteed to 40 hours a week guaranteed.
But those 40 hours can be split such that no one in their right mind would work them (preload from 4-8am and driving 2-6 pm or how ever your building is split with shifts.). Every driver was very vocal about the position in my building before the contract was even voted on. It was at its best doing the same job for less money with no OT protections. They knew it was put in there to split the union in two and would create resentment that would not be sustainable in the future. It was often described in our building as the single guy in his early 20's that wants to work himself to death job.
Even then, the 22.3's in my building are quitting left and right. They are too scared to grieve anything (like not having a posted schedule for the next week or supervisors unloading their 1/2 full trucks between sorts). Upper management has made a quiet side deal with 3 of them (so they can be on-call instead of scheduled and get weekends off) that is about to get blown up by a 22.4's grievance about being forced in on a Saturday. 2 of the 3 have outside jobs and rarely work. I see them once or twice a week (I think when their off their other jobs and the 3 don't work Saturdays--at least not yet). They are afraid to make "waves."
It appears to me that you wanted to eat your cake and have it too. The very issue most young people have with Boomers (and older Gen X'ers).
I think it is very much fair that someone that agrees to work PT during one selected shift would not be constantly bumped from their job based on IF a 22.3 was assigned inside today. Say for example you work in a building without auto-scanner sorted packages and have to know zip codes to pull them into a trailer: you want me to remember those zip codes when a 22.3 bumped in and did that job for a month after peak or summer vacation season was over?