Calling all UPS Drivers...

Discussion in 'UPS/UPSF' started by Punisher255, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Punisher255

    Punisher255 Bobtail Member

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    I was recently contacted by UPS for a seasonal driver position. It sounds like an on-call position, with the driver generally getting 40-60 hours per week. The notification I got says that all permanent hires are hired from this pool of temporary drivers. I have some sort of orientation/interview this week.

    Has anyone here taken this position, and has it lead to permanent employment for you with the company? I’m trying to get a feel for my chances of getting a permanent position (assuming a job well done during the trial period).

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Snow Monster

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    There's a pecking order in the union environment, you're next on the list!

    If you're getting 40 to 60 hrs a week you have a full time job, money wise.
    You're just not getting all the benefits of full time status.
    If you hang in there and don't mess up your name will eventually come to the top of the list and official full time status.

    Back in the 90's I worked as a relief power engineer in a hospital, classified as a casual employee, and lacking all the benefits but with full pay.
    My total hours worked was .67 of full time, the number that defined the difference between casual and part time, with the bulk of the hours between May and September, a $30,000 a year part time job.
    In the off season I drove for half a dozen owner operators and made a few extra bucks as a musician.
    I don't know that I've ever been happier or more satisfied with my employment situation and balance of work and play.
    Being an engineer is okay, easy work, the money is good, but being a trucker or a rock star is so much better for the soul!
    (got my mojo workin)

    Here's the downside.
    I took time off to have my knee repaired and during the time I was off my very cool boss died from a heart attack and was immediately replaced by a person who I had never met, who without telling me hired the chief engineer's son fresh out of school to replace me, and a few months later he became a full time employee when the man who mentored me retired.

    Life in the food chain is a crap shoot.
     
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  4. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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  5. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    if it says ups road driver. thats (aka) ups freight. if it says $30.00 a hour. thats a temp seasonal. if it dont have a $ amount. thats a feeder driver street hire.
     
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    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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  7. SidewaysBentHalo

    SidewaysBentHalo Medium Load Member

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    All depends on how large the terminal is with how many hours per week you will get. Plan on 30 a week, you can push more certain weeks but all depends on how many on call drivers they utilize.

    I worked last peak nov-jan then went back to flexible former employer until UPS asked me to re apply for summer seasonal. Turned into a permanent spot as they were going to add some sleeper teams out of the terminal.

    There is one more person in this forum who got on after one or two seasonal periods as well if i remember right.

    There are quite a few threads on the company in the LTL section of the forum and a few in the new driver section. Feel free to jump into those as this one is hidden of sorts.
     
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    Formally “Overnight” trans......
     
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  9. Punisher255

    Punisher255 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks. There’s no question it’s a seasonal position. The email says Sept - December ( STL area). I’m just curious how many drivers ultimately get hired on as permanent after a seasonal stent or two. I have to get routed home just to make the interview, and I hate to quit a paying job on a “maybe” (and you cannot work a second job while employed as a casual driver). I’ve been told the hours per week are generally pretty good (at least 40 most weeks).
     
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  10. SidewaysBentHalo

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    With it being on call its impossible to work a 2nd job. Id say that would be a good area to give it a shot. It'll be rough in transition. Just get a feel for advancement during the interview. They wont commit to anything but will give you the carrot on a stick. If i were you i’d see what teamster local thats in and look up the contract and regional supplement. They discuss seasonal periods and new hire requirements for probation etc etc.

    If your in a good financial position with some cash tucked away id say go for it. A couple co workers that came over with me during seasonal period didn't bother sticking with it due not working everyday and getting behind on bills/child support.
     
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