My Experience with UPSF

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  1. ACH1130

    ACH1130 Road Train Member

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    Well most of you know me, I have worked at CWF (not gonna mention that experience). Then I was at YRC for almost 2 years. My first year I was in the city, till I was on layoff for a 2nd time with no answer of a return. This way I was able to transfer to another terminal to do line-haul which I ended up really liking. Now that terminal was very far and commuting it was a pain, was 60 miles from my moms (130 from dads). i ended up gettin an apt closeby, where I was able to save money on fuel. ad not rushing to get there. I ended up being able to hold a bid which is normally unheard of, my last month there I was on a 8pm time start mon-fri.

    Well after a while I thought i would like living further up north, i was getting tired of driving home every weekend, and some of my hobbies I do were put on hold as I never had time to do any of it. Also with some personal issues is was best for me to go closer to home anyways to get read for the worst. I started looking for jobs closer to home, like a line-haul gig, didnt want to do P/D anymore unless it was stuff like heavy equipment delivery or big construction stuff. With the economy the way it is it was hard, and knowing I am unhappy with P/D like our smaller terminals. WHy not transfer with YRC? the two smaller terminals by my dads where I wanted to move back to is about a 20+ year wait for the road as they only have 2 each.

    With all this being said I found a road position for UPSF, terminals 10 minutes away from my dads. I applied on the website and pretty much as soon as I submitted the application in, the website asked me to schedule an interview, so I did the best day for me which was a friday. I made it to the interview, the TM right away started explaining the job, I told him I was currently on the road for YRC, and looking to relocate back to this area. Right away he wanted me to come back that monday for drug/dot and road test. BUt as I wouldve been 130 miles away, he gave me all the papers that second and had a guy give me a road test, which was fairly easy. Got all my stuff in and the next friday I finished up some paperwork and W-2 forms.

    Now at this point I just got my time start at YRC. Over the weeks the TM was calling for this or that, and after a few weeks he called me on a monday saying ok are you still interested to which I said yes, so he then said ok when would like to start? I wanted to give YRC two weeks and to do the right thing, they were extremely good to me (at least at the terminal I transfered too) For the next wek YRC was trying to make ways for me to stay. guess it shows that I was good there. A lot of dispatchers were bummed out as well, I was one of the few who didnt like messing around all day, i wanted to be done and go home.

    So last monday I go in at 8am for like an Orientation, to watch some amazingly exciting VHS tapes, a lot from Overnite as well. Sat there for 8 hours watch them, had a lunch break which was nice. Then the TM said ordered my uniform and told me that I cant really go out on the road without a uniform but to come in and work the dock a little to help refreshen my skills, and learn their ways of doing it. Of course the next day I wake up to a call they had some problems on my application and had to retake a drug test. Ok I got nothing to hide so where do I go. Do all that, then finally yesterday and almost phone calls everyday he calls me saying ok come on in tonight.

    Go in, the outbound supervisor remembered me, here and another lady working got me my uniform, then helped out what to do. Now the TM said my time start is 7pm to help with outbound before my run, since my run is normally short. She gave me to offer to whether I want to just come in at 9 for my run or if I want to keep the 7pm, figured Ill save the 9pm for warmer months when I can do stuff outside. Anyways they were really cool, got on forklift to mess around to relearn the controls, they are different then previous ones I have driven, one control works everything.

    After messing around a bit few guys had me help them out with loading up some trailers until the safety guy came out to finish training. then I went was told i will be going out with the line haul driver trainer for the night on the longest run. He drove through NY, NYC and NJ and when we got to PA we swapped. Those new volvos handle real nice. they do 68mph, smooth ride, and these trucks had some power, the volvos I used to drive were dogs.

    Got to the terminal, showed me what to do, where to park etc. Then got back intot he truck and I drove back to the NJ line, made some good timing getting home as well. Tonight I go in to work the dock a few hours then go with another guy who also does my run to learn everything there, then monday I start by mself

    Management at my terminal seems fairly easy and cool, pretty much the other guys said just do what your supposed too and they dont bother you which is normally what i try to do.

    I will keep on posting later on of what goes on
     
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  3. luvtotruck

    luvtotruck Road Train Member

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    Congratulations, UPSF Is a Great place to be, I wish you luck!, I think UPS pulls from there for their own drivers which is a god Send! Good Luck.
     
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  4. cool35

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    Congrats ACH! Are you gonna have to work the dock too? Sounds pretty good especially the better equipment!
     
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  5. Jrdude5

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    Congratulations and good luck looking forward to continue following this thread.
     
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  6. CenutryClass

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    congrats man, I like those volvos..Make the best of it Andrew..
     
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  7. road_runner

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    Congrats. Glad things are working out for you. Your guys' forklifts have a X-pattern single lever to control the tilt/mast? We got one like that and it sucks... confusing as hell. By the way, don't be one of those UPSF drivers that doesn't waive back. I've never in my 15 months of commercial driving had a UPSF driver wave back. :biggrin_2552:
     
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  8. Glp

    Glp Medium Load Member

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    In my area upsf guys always seem to wave, at least the p/d guys do
     
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  9. ACH1130

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    @luvtotruck UPSF will hire outsiders as Parcel does not usually. Im lucky to be hired right into a bid as well which everyone who knows LTL thats usually unheard of

    @cool35 yea but the dock on my run is just unloading our trailer we bring in and loading our trailers back. two of us will be doing that... guess I can live with it, better than dealing with customers all day.

    @cenutryclass yea those volvos are nice... Im getting my assigned truck tonight when I go in. Older Overnite truck, but heard from the guys its good

    @Roadrunner they always wave when I was at YRC. flash lights as well... but dont worry if I ever see a reddaway truck around here I will flip you the bird! LOL. Yea those forklifts are very confusing... I like two controls not one
     
  10. ACH1130

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    Well last night I was with some other guy who does my run... We went in at 7, loaded our trailers, then drove to the terminal... short trip but would rather be routed through 95 then the BQE.... When I got there and the supervisor was showing me around, pretty much its break a trailer, start loading your trailers, my run is the first one out so normally he said ill be leaving there around 330am, which just beats the NYC traffic.

    Going in at 7 tonight, they think I can go by myself tonight, as its all easy, since I already know how to hook a set and use a forklift
     
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  11. jakebrake12

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    Good deal man.. That's the best ltl gig on the road hands down..
     
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