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DOIS and Dingbats

Hello Brothers and Sisters! Many supervisors are hammering carriers with DOIS figures and many carriers have asked me what they can do about it. Most of the supervisors who are using this mgmt. tool is the ASS supervisors, excuse me (he he!), I meant ASP supervisors.

Many of the new ASP supervisors are book smart, but donít have the ability to deal with carriers as human beings. DOIS becomes the almighty program and carriers all must succumb to the DOIS figures. This is absolutely wrong! I have stated once and will state again:

DOIS DOES NOT SET ANY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. IT IS AN ESTIMATE OF VOLUME AND PIECES. IT IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT AND MGMT MAY NOT FORCE YOU TO ADHERE BY THOSE ESTIMATED FIGURES. ONLY YOUR 3996 IS RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. THAT IS THE ONLY CALL YOU MUST ADHERE TO AND MEET. YOUR OWN CALL. NOT A COMPUTER PROGRAM!!!!!!

(If need be cut this out and put it on your case to remind you that it is not recognized by the Nat. Agreement and is only an estimate by mgmt!)

Be sure if you will be back earlier or later than your call, you call in to the office in plenty of time for management to make a decision on what to do. AND THEY MUST MAKE THE DECISION! They cannot give conflicting instructions. If you tell them you cannot make 5 oíclock, they cannot tell you that you must carry all the mail, be back by 5, and are not authorized OT. If you do not carry all the mail, you are not following orders, thus, you can be disciplined. If you bring mail back at 5, because you are not authorized, then you violate his order to carry all the mail. If you are not authorized OT, then you can be disciplined for being in unauthorized OT. These are examples of conflicting instructions and an absolute idiot of a supervisor. Conflicting instructions are addressed in Step 4 decision M-00326. If you have any problem with a supervisorís instructions, follow them to the best of your ability at the time, then contact your steward and file the grievance immediately.

If you requested overtime in the morning on your 3996 and are denied your request, take the OT to the street and call later in the day when you are sure how much you will be over your call. Inform mgmt. and let them know again of you going into OT. At this point they will have been apprised twice of your predicament and must make the decision on what to do, especially if you are a non-odl. Inform your steward upon return that management knew of the OT request in the morning and again in the afternoon. If there was a violation of Art. 8 this may be a factor.

All carriers should document everything! I know this is hard to do, however, it astounds me that ODL carriers do not document how much they worked OT, and if it was off assignment. If you do not do this, how do you know you are paid correctly?

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Early in my career I saw I was shorted 12 hrs of OT on my paycheck. If I hadnít been tracking the OT, how would I know? Also, if you work OT on your route, it is not counted towards equitability, so how do you know if the equitability chart is correct if your are not tracking it?

I was at a station today and talked to the stewards on ODL tracking. I asked them if all the ODLís are tracking their OT. They told me only two in the whole station is tracking the hours. One of them happens to be our carrier here at the hall, Paul. He takes meticulous notes on all OT and they will use his tracking to be sure managementís tracking is correct. Paul talks to us here at the hall, so he knows how much we stress documentation. Good job Paul!

BE INFORMED! BE PROFESSIONAL! BE UNION!

Denny R. Belden President 1091 Aka: VetCarrier]

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