Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Louisville Kentucky
I work out on the ramp at UPS loading and unloading planes. The job itself isn't too bad, really. I'm thankful for the job as I have great benefits and they pay for school- so I go in every night and bust my ***.
On the other hand, the hours suck. I work third shift, I start at midnight and usually get off around 5AM. I wish I could get more hours so I could make a little more cash and working at night is pretty awful but like I said, they pay for school so I deal with it.
Many of the people also suck, it's a union shop. The entire system is based on seniority, which is irritating because it breeds an attitude of mediocrity- "If I just manage to not get fired, I'll make more and more money". And the union propagates this attitude because if union workers are less efficient, UPS has to hire more union workers and then the union gets more money.
So yes, many of my coworkers are frustratingly lazy and it's impossible for management to get rid of them.
That's not to say I don't benefit from the Union, they are responsible for my fantastic health insurance (which is better than my dad's, who has been management at UPS for 20 years- how's that work?) but if I'm honest with myself the market value of my job doesn't really dictate that I deserve all that for my 4 to 5 hours a night 5 nights a week- my job isn't that hard.
"Build a man a fire and you can keep him warm for a day, set a man on fire and you can keep him warm for the rest of his life."