I have not seen this employer mentioned much on this forum, so I'll try to do my best to shed some light on what it's like to work here.
The USPS is nothing but P&DC work. First and last mile contracts mean that anything outside of a particular radius of a DC is contracted out.
Shifts are called tours. There are 3 tours per day. Tour 1 is night shift which starts at 23:00 hours, tour 2 is day shift which starts at 0600 hours, and tour 3 is the afternoon shift which starts at 14:00. Tour 1 is designed to bring mail to the stations, tour 3 is designed to pick up mail from the stations and tour 2 is designed to move empty equipment around.
There are 3 types of runs you can bid on for each tour. A regular run has a 8 hour day, 5 day a week work schedule with back to back off days. A regular run also goes to the same places at the same times, every day.
Next up is a bobber run. A work schedule for a bobber run can vary from 3 to 5 days a week. Some of these runs are only scheduled for 32 hours a week. Bobber runs work a regular runs off days. So if you're on a bobber, you would do my run on my runs off days. There is an advantage of a shorter work week, which I'll explain later.
Next up is a nifty run. Nifty runs are just like regular runs, only with a shorter work week.
Time and a half for hours work over 40 a week or 8 hrs a day. Double time for hours worked over 48 a week and/or 10 hours a day. Here's where having a bobber or nifty run comes in handy. If your run is scheduled for 32 hours a week, you get time and a half after 32 hours and double time over 40 hours.
Overtime is not seniority based, but regular employees are favored over casual PSE's. Overtime is based on a rotation. If they work the top drivers in seniority first, they have to rotate to the bottom drivers next week. This reduces double time.
Hourly rate starts at $18.56/hour, and you get a .75 cent raise every 6 months until you cap out at around $30/hour.
There are also other pay incentives. You have night differential if you work between 1800 and 0600, which adds $1.25/hr to $1.90/hr depending on your pay level. If your run is scheduled for the weekend, you get 'double Sunday premium'. Sunday premium adds 25% of your hourly wage, and double Sunday means you get the premium on Saturday as well.
Equipment is OK, at best. Not the best trucks and trailers in the world, but not the worst either. The equipment is old, and shows its age.
You also get Paid Time Off, or PTO. PTO comes in 2 forms. Sick leave and annual leave. You have a cap of 440 hours annual leave, but there's no limit to how much sick leave you can have.
If anyone has any questions about what it's like to work here, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
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I know why your employer doesn't allow guns on the property.....
The dock workers are hot heads. Only place I have EVER felt like I needed (and I did) to actually just leave with a load and come back at another time.
One more thing I forgot to mention about overtime:
Its not required. If you want to work overtime as a regular employee, you have to sign a Overtime Desired List, or ODL. Drivers that you're on a rotation with are drivers on the ODL, who have the same off days you do.
someone on a bad day does NOT justify shoving carts violently all over the dock.
someone on a bad day does NOT justify slamming open doors with enough force they fly back at the person who opened them.
someone on a bad day does NOT justify dropping the f-bomb every other word.
someone on a bad day does NOT justify degrading someone with enough vulgar name calling and threats, they become intimidated.
I think that's called workplace violence.
And another part Ghost Ryder left out is the good contract terms he works under is no longer for new hires. There is a vast difference between the old contract and the new. Also, as time marches on and the PO continues to spend vast amounts more money than it takes in the number of actual Postal workers will continue to go down. A lot of the transportation jobs are being transferred to private companies and at some point in the near future the majority of transportation of mail will be done by these private contractors. We're seeing a lot of consolidation of private contractors who are gearing up for this as we've been told by our national organization that at some point all there will be is a few supervisory roles played by postal people and that will be it. We already have a contract where the trailers are provided by one contractor, the workers inside the building are employed by another, we provide transportation and another company does maintenance, all with only one postal worker present, the supervisor of it all.
Yeah, GR doesn't see that attitude MNDriver talks about, GR's one of them, they like to vent on non-postal drivers since they know there isn't going to be any repercussions for it.
Thx Ghost Ryder
MNdriver, I delivered to USPS @ O'hare/Chicago IL... WOW is all I can say. it was another world!! A deaf guy ran the receiving(<-- not joking. and was the best employee they had!), while bunch of incompetent F'ups ran the rest. I walked around the facility for 1/2 hour and wandered into someone on break that pointed me to the deaf guy, who was also on break. I'd only guess they had a 2 hr break b4 my truck was touched (I was the only truck there @ 9am). I had walked all over, and not a single person said spit, but my gosh... when on duty don't go outside the yellow line, sit in driver area w/ stale vending crap, non working '70's TV(think they hoping analog signal will make a come back?),,, holy crap I was expecting to see a skeleton sitting in restroom stall.
my goodness, how does .46 cents get all the mail delivered?
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