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Old 09-13-2018, 02:01 PM   #41
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UPS gives you and your family full benefits(and a pension based on your rate) for life after 10 years. I already did 4 years, but IIRC you don't lose those years, even if you take several years off.
The union contract is very strong there. I was making $14/hr there in 2001 when all my other friends were making bupkis $7/hr minimum wage money. The shifts available for what I was doing were either 4-9am or 4-9pm. Pretty easy to make those work with any straight job. Most of the contractors preferred to do the early shift which typically let you out around 8. You could make it to a 9-5 construction job or really even an 8-4 if you had a company that was willing to work with you.
Going TO the box factory at 4pm would be too much for me though. It's a pretty physical job and you definitely leave sweaty and tired most days. Also, from Thanksgiving to Christmas UPS owns your soul. 1-9am constant stream of boxes coming down a conveyor belt and you only get a 10 minute break the whole shift. It can be pretty brutal, but you just have to crank that radio and get into it or the boxes win.

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Most major corporations you can get vested after 10 years but can't collect until retirement age. Can't really say most, just the ones I've been around.

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Old 09-13-2018, 02:22 PM   #42
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Could be. I haven't worked there in forever. I don't know what the most recent contract looks like.
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Working 4-9 every morning wouldn't be too bad if I knew I'd never have to pay another health ins. premium. I don't know what you're going to do, but you have me half-way wishing I lived close to one of their distribution centers..
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:44 PM   #44
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I also don't know what I'm going to do. hah

I assume pay through the nose is always going to be on the table, so I guess really it's just a matter of working up from there.

4-9am was nice. Most of the year you come in at 3:30/4ish, changes daily based on next day's projected volume. Holidays it picks up and you start at 3ish. Christmas is 1am start usually.
Like I said though, as the shift dwindles they send guys home. if it's known that you like to bust out early, you can usually bounce at 7ish or 730. It was my only job at the time so I was a bitter ender. They called me the milk man. I was there till the last box every day. hah

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