"Misread Manifest"

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by boojes11, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. boojes11

    boojes11 Bobtail Member

    Oct 5, 2013
    I have A question, can somebody please help me to make sense of this situation that I have come to,
    I have been working for this company for around 12 months already,I do delivery's at night,they call them key drops,
    so the other night I misread the manifest, and I put some of the product in the wrong area it was my first stop. first
    time ever delivering to that stop, got written up for it,well to make a long story short,
    would you define this as "INSUBORDINATION" even throw no supervisor told me face to face,or over the phone,
    directions on how to do this stop, so I find it hard to define this as insubordination, and lose your job over it.
    Like I said I misread the paper work, first time ever doing something like that ,never missed a day of work and never late,
    and for nine months I worked six day a week for this company, twelve fourteen hour shifts and that's the thank's I get.
    this is a cold game out here in this world.
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  3. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Well, if the instructions were written on the BOL and you did not follow, then it falls on you. Past performance has no relation to present failure.
    Now, one mistake is not actually a reason for dismissal unless the company lost a customer because of the mistake. Or the value of the product lost due to your inability to read and comprehend instructions exceeds your worth to the company.
    Take it as a lesson learned. Move on and remember, next time read the instructions until you understand what is required of you.
    Good luck in your future employment.
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  4. Passin Thru

    Passin Thru Road Train Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    You need to go over his head and talk to management. Be articulate, don't get mad and ask to have it taken off your record.
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  5. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    Does'nt matter how loyal and dedicated you are with your company,you are JUST ANOTHER DRIVER far as they're concerned.Can you plz tell us what the product was and what area did you place it in?
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You can be the best employee they have ever had and work there 10 years; then one mistake and you're a dirtbag. Find another job and don't look back.

    I saw a driver get fired for having his shirt tail out. Been working there for years and never tucked his shirt in because of his pear shape. Nothing was ever said about it all those years. Terminal manager was in a bad mood and fired the guy.

    Don't ever think a company is one big family, because they aren't. Don't ever make the mistake of thinking, "I want to be a name, not a number", because that's not reality, it's just some foggy dream.

    You just got a dose of the real world from that company.
  7. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Northern Ontario
    Umm, no. Was there a confrontation with the boss after the mistake?
  8. boojes11

    boojes11 Bobtail Member

    Oct 5, 2013
    but he was on my back riding me because I wasn't as fast as he wanted to be,so in other words he had me on his radar and I guess he was waiting for me to do something wrong to terminate me,and that was the first thing
    that I did well I was still under the radar,I don't mind if that's the case I don't goof around anyway's I do my job then go home I try to stay out the way.but I was just wondering is that enough to terminate somebody,
    it's a union job that I'm talking about.
  9. 77smartin

    77smartin Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I dunno.
    You lost a job over one write up? I understand that the term "insubordination" is a big one but darn man how bout some "couching and counseling" or "progressive discipline"?

    I would fight this in a professional manner if at all possible....unless the job sucked to begin with.
  10. truckologist

    truckologist Bobtail Member

    Jun 20, 2014
    You said it was a "union-job" are you a member ? If so the term "Insubordination" which really means an employer can fire you Anytime, for Anything and for any reason ! That is why workers pay union "dues" because this is a union fight and you would need to contact the shop steward. If you are not part of that union then you chances are slim to none as company's almost alway's back their Supervisors. Been there Done that simply because my supervisor did not LIKE me PERIOD !
  11. glenn71

    glenn71 Medium Load Member

    Jul 13, 2013
    It's a union gig and you didn't have your steward with you when you went on the carpet? I wouldn't have even signed the write up slip without talking to the stewards first.

    You need to grieve this. I can't believe the union didn't automatically step in. That's their job.

    Sounds like you've been canned already, so using the steward is pointless. You need to call your local and have your agent handle this. Even if you did commit a fireable offense, you still have a right to representation under your CBA.

    Call them first thing tomorrow. The longer this sits the worse it is for you.
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