Ups seasonal to casual

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  1. De Trucker

    De Trucker Medium Load Member

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    Being at the bottom can be tough. Some hubs are tougher than others though.
    But I went through the same thing your buddy is going through. Before I started I adjusted my lifestyle, traded in two cars for cheaper ones.
    Downgraded everything I can to reduce monthly debts etc.
    It was a rough road but worth it.
    I started in 2015 at the age of 37. My average weekly gross is now $2600, I'll have $3800 a month when I retire from my pension and I have phenomenal health insurance for the family. $83k life insurance that costs me nothing. Pays double if I die from an accident.

    Sometimes you gotta just make sacrifices today for a better life tomorrow. If you are able to. I know some people can't. And I feel for them.
    But I don't feel bad for the ones that simply don't want to make the sacrifice today.
     
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  3. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    I'm coming out of a bankruptcy. One week I didn't get a check at ALL because the money that gets taken out of my check was more than I made that week.

    That was more a result of what happened at ABF toward the end than my pay at UPS, though. I don't hold that against UPS. It was my choice to lower my pay.

    The last year has been comfortable. Pretty soon here, things will get very good. I've been through the wringer, and it was still 100% worth it.

    If I ever hear one of these new $30-an-hour-to-start employees complaining, I will happily explain how appreciative they should be.
     
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  4. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    I took a $50,000 a year pay cut my first year @Buster in 2002/2003. I was laid off 7 months but I paid my dues to go to work there. It paid off for me and those unwilling to sacrifice should stay put. They don’t get to complain when they wish they had made a move many years later. Anything worth something takes some form of sacrifice.
     
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  5. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    I know a couple of guys right now that are hemming and hawing about coming over during this hiring rush, and they are going to be kicking themselves for years.

    But I don't want to hear it. You saw how much I hated my last job, and I love this job just as much as I hated that one. It's as good as I say. You just have to put things on hold a couple years.
     
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  6. skinnytrucker

    skinnytrucker Heavy Load Member

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    I joined buster brown a few months ago after being laid off from Covid-19. They called me about 2 months after I filled out the app. I actually forgot I filled it out. I’m currently an “On-Call” driver. In the short term the schedule and pay sucks really bad. I took about a 35% pay cut as my previous employer was a teamster company as well. The benefits offered to me as an employee at brown are the same great benefits I’ve enjoyed for many years as a teamster.
    Pay: starting wage at my hub is $21 an hour and .59 cpm when on a mileage run. That will increase every year and top scale as of right now now is $36.48 an hour and .89 cpm. It will take me to get to my third pay raise until I’m flush with what I’m accustomed to making until then I will live off what I’m making.
    Schedule: plain and simple, IT SUCKS. I have no life as I’m on-call 24/7. They have been forcing those of us on the bottom to work every Sunday which is okay because there has been a few weeks that I did not get called into work during the week. At my hub we can get called in for 4 different jobs. 1. Feeder. 2. Shifting. 3. Fuel and wash. 4. Porter. I’m now waiting for my LCV’s to come back from Ohio and Indiana so that I can qualify for those runs. Once that happens I’m confident I can hold much better runs. This job is NOT for everyone. Let me repeat that. This job is NOT for everyone. There are a lot of rules to follow here and they love watch every move you make. I’ve spent the last 23 years of my life on the road running from water to water and having so much supervision has been a tough transition for me. I’m simply just not used to it. I chose to listen to some of the older hands here and do everything exactly how the company wants it done and they were right. I do make more money that way. I hope some of you find this info helpful and if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will answer the best I can but keep in mind I’m still very new
     
  7. LtlAnonymous

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    It's a lot of rules at times. Just do it exactly how they want it (or how the big boss thinks he wants it that week) and go home and count your money.
     
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  8. dr5169

    dr5169 Light Load Member

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    Ginni Rometty, is the Chairwoman at IBM. She has a net worth of 45 million ,so basically a person like that when they speak , I listen. I saw an interview a few years ago with her and she said in life when you have to make a change its never easy. She went on to say change is hard and a lot of pain. Those words from a person of that stature have always stuck with me. So basically if you dont want to deal with pain and inconvenience etc, dont come to UPS. I could have came to UPS back in 2010 but i turned it down cuz the HR lady said i might not work everyday. A friend of mine who worked there back in 2010, said there was one period where he didnt get called for 2 weeks. Yeah its pain at the beginning but it gets better.
     
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  9. dr5169

    dr5169 Light Load Member

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    Thats one thing about the hub i work at in Chicago , there is no micromanaging watching you etc. They give me my keys paper work etc and thats it. I never hear from them again. Just dont hit any thing or be trying to steal time etc. There are things that aggravate me about working at my hub, but as far as constantly watching you, i havent seen that yet. That goes a long way with me. Last gig i had the supervisor was a constant pain in the butt. Always calling or texting...etc.
     
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  10. The Shadow

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    I understand 1 through 3 but what’s a “porter” in UPS context?
     
  11. authentic251

    authentic251 Light Load Member

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    Sweeps and keeps the hub clean
    Kinda like custodian
     
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