Whadya do before you retired?

Discussion in 'UPS Retirement Topics' started by Shiftless, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. Shiftless

    Shiftless Active Member

    Curious what positions you held as an hourly?

    Remember, dependent on when hired, if after the 1974 contract where the "Big Bang" all states contract allowed full Shipping/Delivery services between and inside states caused UPS biggest ever expansion.

    I will start:

    Local Sort Unloader PT 1975-1976

    Mule Driver PT 1976 -1977

    Pkg. Driver FT 1978-1979 2 Xmas's

    Feeder Driver FT 1979-2005 26 years
    (I was 23 years old when I started Feeder)

    OK Your Turn!
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I was the only part timer working the evening shift (small center--about 10 trucks). I worked as the receiving counter clerk, loaded the daily pickups into the trailer, did the car wash and all the porter work----all in the same shift. Did that from Mar. 71 until I went full time 4 months later in June of 71. I worked the morning shift for the first 2 weeks I was hired in Feb. 71. Unlocked the building-started the oil burner in the office (no heat in the loading area) spotted the cars , unloaded the trailer and helped wrap up the driver sort. Locked up the building when I left. No boss to speak of for the most part.
  3. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    Started PT in Nov 76 in a small driver sort and load facility (about 15 drivers, 2 carwash/fuelers, 2 clerks, and myself.)My job was to unload the trailers down a conveyor belt while the drivers stood behind their respective PC's and took what was theirs. If I got behind, a driver was chosen to jump in and help me. There wasn't enough work for 5 hours, so after everyone left, I portered. Swept the entire building, emptied trash cans, cleaned bathrooms and basically whatever needed to be done to get my 5 hours/day. Jan 78 a driver got fired, creating an immediate opening. They posted the job and since the other 2 PT'ers (clerks weren't eligible) were in the middle of a school year of college, I took the job. PC driver from Jan 78 until 85, when I signed a feeder bid. Stayed in feeders 29 years till my retirement in 2014. A sidenote: The 2 PT guys who were there in 78 still work for UPS. 1 has stayed PT to this day and the other is a PC driver today. I worked in 3 different progressively bigger buildings.
  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    1973 - P/T Hub Loader/Unloader
    1975 - Carwash
    1976 - P/T Supervisor
    1977 - F/T Driver
    1979 - F/T Preload Supervisor
    1982 - Personnel Supervisor
    1984 - Safety Supervisor
    1985 - Industrial Engineer Supervisor
    1986 - industrial Engineer Manager
    1990 - Center Manager
    1992 - Region I.E. Package Manager
    1994 - Corporate Customer Automation Project Manager
    1997 - Corporate Customer Information Technology Project Manager
    2005 - Corporate Technology Project Manager
    2013 - Retired
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  5. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Will you become a philanthropist in 2016?
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  7. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I feel I have been doing that for years.
    Especially if one considers the government contributions.
  8. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Couldn't keep a job?
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  9. oldupsman

    oldupsman Well-Known Member

    Hired off the street as a full time package car driver for Christmas, Oct 1975.
    Retired as full time package car driver, June 2008.
    Pretty boring compared to you.
  10. Shiftless

    Shiftless Active Member

    Ya gotta admit Monkey Butt has an impressive post.

    Don't think you could get that bored with your job if every 18 months or so you are getting a new assignment.
  11. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Did not want to.
    Stay under the radar.
  12. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    small sort for 2 years
  13. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Yes, He was in Corporate for 10 years. A few years back two guys from Region got assigned to corporate and they didn't last 3 years there.
  14. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I don't know about impressive but ...
    one of my goals was to switch around and learn the company and keep it interesting.
    Even in Corporate, I had 7 different jobs.
  15. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I was in Corporate from 1994 - 2012 or 18 years ... very interesting and satisfying, and frustrating, stint.
    I learned a lot while there.
  16. Shiftless

    Shiftless Active Member

    Did ya find your career was more satisfying when you got away from operations such as Center Manager and into positions that weren't so close to the actual day to day delivery function of UPS?
  17. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Not more satisfying on a day to day basis.
    The grind was not as bad but the excitement and feeling of accomplishment was not anywhere close as when in operations.

    Its a different company now so keep that in mind when reading the above.
    I was very hesitant to answer this because of the length of time since I was in operations.
  18. Shiftless

    Shiftless Active Member

    I get it. At almost 11 years retired when I read in general discussion and listen to drivers I know, it sure seems ALOT Different.
  19. Areyoukiddinme

    Areyoukiddinme best 2 weeks ever

    part time twilight from unload to main sort from 19 to 85
    full time package car driver from 85 to June 2013
    2013 to present recovering workahlic
  20. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I kind of bounced around routes for the first 5 years then delivered to the same people in the same little town for the last 25 years. Could do it in my sleep ---I think some days I was.