I think the reason why there's so many accidents at the Capital Heights terminal is because it's located within the DC Beltway. It's the reason why insurance rates are usually higher in cities compared to the suburbs because it's more densely populated and thus more prone to accidents.
I use deliver all around the Beltway right around the time the DC Sniper was running rampant. They had everybody around the beltway nervous and ducking for cover. When you mentioned Capital Heights, it took a while for me to remember that area and to be 100% honest with you, I don't know if this location would be the best place to start your Career. Capital Heights is within the DC District, so that means your gonna be working all around the DC Beltway. Each Postal Facility works within a District and they collect Mail ONLY within it's District. The only time you MAY be going out of your District is when your shuttling Mail to anouther Postal Distribution Center in anouther District. And I'll be honest with you, some of these smaller Postal Stations in the city are REALLY TIGHT, even for the 7 ton straight trucks to get into. So that's why I'm thinking that barn probably has so many accidents there.
I'm not trying to discourage you from taking the job in DC, I'm only looking out for your best interest and telling you what to expect. The Union can't really help you out during your 90 day probation, so if you do wind up getting into an accident, that MAY be the end of your Postal Career. Now once you get past your 90 day probation, that's a different story, but IMO....I personally think you should wait it out and take a chance at Norfolk instead. DC is no joke, even for the most experienced driver....and Norfolk would be a MUCH BETTER area to start your Postal Career. But whatever decision you decide to make, I'll try to help you out the best I can.
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Hey Sho, thanks for that very detailed insight. If I don't say it enough, I really appreciate all your help regarding all of this.. I've only been driving a year and a half and I haven't even held my CDL for 2 yet...
I think I'll take your advice and wait it out with Norfolk, if that doesn't work, there's a few companies around here that I'll also look into...
But I think the biggest one is my mother... She's in a depressed state in her life right now, and I'm all she has.. She wouldn't tell me, but if I moved out of state, it would crush her...
You know what they say...."If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". And besides, I know you want to leave your job for a better one, but you can do A LOT worse than working at Coke as a Bulk Diver. I know Drivers that'll literally KILL to be in your position. No joke.
The Post Office will always be there. Just make sure to take your time, protect your CDL and driving record and good things will eventually come out of it.
I think this video pretty much sums it up....
AnthonyM757 Thanks this.
Since they're planning on hiring a lot of PSE's again, I figured I mind as well post the updated contract.
PSE's are ONLY being brought back to cover the newly created runs that were formerly contracted work. They're new contract is a lot better compared to the old one. Here's a list of what PSE's get now.....
1. PSE's get six paid holidays now, as compared to none before.
2. Benefits are available immediately upon hiring and not after a year of service.
3. PSE's will now have a Uniform allowance, as to none before.
4. PSE's are still not allowed to go over 40 hours.
5. PSE's are not eligible for Pension or TSP until converted to Career.
6. PSE's can accumulate hours for Annual Leave.
7. And PSE's get a gradual increase in raises as well.
Once a PSE is converted to Career Status (PTF or Full-time), they're pay level DOES NOT DROP to the beginning starting Career pay level. It remains the same upon Conversion.
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"The Postal Service offers generous annual (vacation) and sick leave – 13 days of annual leave per year for the first 3 years, increasing to 20 days per year after 3 years of service, and to 26 days per year after 15 years of service."
Day 1 to 3 years is 4 hours a pay period or 13 - 8 hour days.
3 years to 15 years is 6 hours a pay period or 20 - 8 hour days.
15+ years is 8 hours a pay period or 26 - 8 hour days.
Including weeksends, even with 15 years of service it does not come out to 3 months.
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