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Local Article 33; 

Watching me

Key Phrase:  On-job supervision of employees shall not be used for purpose of harassing employees.



 Safety rides, OJS (On Job Supervision),  Simple Observations, I need to get some air, so many titles for a supervisor going out on the road to observe you.  In the end, a sense of paranoia, fear, or guilt should increase your production.  No knowing the basic rights about and production would save you the heartburn of a supervisor being on a ride with you.  OJS, Safety, or getting air, who cares what title they give, they are observing you.


Too many examples of superviors finding excuses to be on the road with a particular employee, drivers, 22.3, air walkers, and soon the hybrid driver.   Production is the purpose.  And of course safety.



When a supervisor is with you, in the end production is the end game, no matter what is said during the conversation.  Increasing the amount of work you will receive is the goal.  Work honestly and diligently  and in the end your will be fine.  Integrity can not be emphasize enough and doing you best.  These two ingredients is all one needs to be successful.  Nothing more, nothing less. .


An OJS or On Job Supervision, is when a supervisor rides along with you on the truck or watches you with a clipboard inside while you do your job, to evaluate you. The company wants to get a higher SPORH (Stops Per On Road Hour) on an OJS to try and keep you to a numerical value. This goes for delivering boxes, loading boxes, unloading boxes, sorting boxes, etc. Don’t let the company try to lock you into a faster pace because your assignment was made easier on an OJS or by skipping methods. Learn the Company methods you need to follow to do the job safely and effectively. 

  • Follow all UPS methods. During an OJS, supervisors want you to skip methods to get the job done faster. Don’t skip them, be safe!
  • Keep your same routine as normal. Work at a safe, sustainable pace. Don’t rush or take shortcuts. (Drivers)
  • Do your complete pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Write up problems with your vehicle or sign off that is is fine in your DVIR (Driver Vehicle Inspection Report) book on a daily basis.
  • Completely stretch after your first delivery stop and at the end of your meal period.
  • Follow the posted speed limit at all times, including on UPS property and in other parking lots, school zones, etc. Follow all traffic signals. Don’t speed up on a yellow to beat that red light!!
  • Wear your seatbelt and use three points of contact when entering or exiting the vehicle. Use that hand rail!
  • Use proper body mechanics when lifting. Get close to the package. Bend with the knees. Grab opposite corners and test for weight or shifting objects.
  • Back only when necessary. Scan and size up the area before backing. If in doubt, get out and look. Tap your horn repeatedly to signal your intentions.
  • Walk on walkways and driveways in residential areas. Don’t cut across the grass!
  • It is not safe because you can trip or twist your ankle.
  • Give the customer time to answer. Driver release is for when people are not home.
  • Alternate delivery is for non release areas or non release packages (cellphones, high values, etc.).
  • Remember, it is you who are responsible for the package, not the supervisor pushing you to deliver faster.
  • Scan the delivery in front of the stop and complete the delivery in front of the stop!! If you ever scan a package away from the stop, especially if never attempted then recorded in the DIAD as stop completed, you can get fired for what the company deems as Dishonest or falsifying records. DO NOT get talked into doing this because you are getting pressure to complete the job faster or avoiding being in the office for having missed deliveries!!
  • Ask for help with over 70 lb. packages. It is your contractual right, so you don’t get hurt.
  • Test your strength safely in the gym, not on the job which can result in injury.  Send messages on the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) as you normally would.
  • Don’t take shortcuts from your normal routine that will artificially inflate your SPORH (Stops Per On Road Hour). ON YOUR OJS, and DAILY, REMEMBER TO:
  •  Use hand to surface. Don’t use your feet to move boxes and don’t toss them, even if it is a short distance and you do it softly.   
  • Use proper body mechanics when lifting. Get close to the package. Bend with the knees. Grab opposite corners and test for weight or shifting objects. 
  • Ask for help with over 70 lb. packages. It is your contractual right, so you don’t get hurt. Test your strength safely in the gym, not on the job which can result in injury.   
  • Use markers or crayons all the time when loading package cars. If you cannot wrap up your assignment following the methods, then don’t skip methods to finish. 
  • It is the supervisor’s responsibility to hire more preloaders or reduce the number of package cars or trailers you load or unload if it is too much. Not wrapping up on time is the company’s problem, not yours if you are following the methods!
  • Use shepherd hooks and loading stands. When you can not reach something use a shepherd’s hook (pole with a curved end). Don’t jump or climb into a boxline cage or walk up a slide. Use a load stand instead of tossing boxes or tearing down a wall of boxes. 
  • Document this day using the OJS Checklist. To challenge an OJS as the basis for establishing a fair day’s work, you must be able to demonstrate how it was different from a normal day. If the OJS was easier than a regular day, then it was not a fair day!! Take note when drops are taken off your assignment, or when it is during a slower period like holidays and school vacation time. For more help, read the article “YOUR RIGHTS ON AN

OJS” and DOWNLOAD the “340 Package Car Driving Methods” to refresh your memory
for the ride!

The Biggest Mistake Made by many Drivers

Many drivers work differently than they do when management is with them.  Everyday one should act as if a supervisor is with them or watching them.  If you do this, an OJS will be nothing as you work as you normally do.  The second thing one must also understand is that if you do work differently on a OJS compared to your normal routine, management will know.  They have the numbers and be mindful there are cameras everywhere.

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