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ColtanPerson was signed in when posted
03:04 AM ET (US)
Yes, for the suitable kind of person, this work is quite nice. On the other hand, it's almost torturous for someone who needs excitement/feedback/interaction, as evidenced by the high turnover rate and "need" for the whisper section. (Why? Because some people can't handle just sitting down quietly and doing work with music or books for 8 hours?? Believe it or not, it happens.)

It's a real example of the "takes all sorts" maxim. One person's meat is another person's poison, etc. I'm just glad the people who like commotion can work in the emergency room or as a CEO, and I can work here or at another job that is peaceful, consistent, and "boring."
Born2KeyPerson was signed in when posted
04:53 PM ET (US)
s113, that's some really bad advice. Think about it. Taking a DCO, secure in their cubby, listening to audio books or music, and only reacting to the people they want, or none at all. Take away their keyboard and give them a phone. Solving angry people's problems without having a clue. Most Wichita DCOs, after the closing, tried it and hated it. Most went to stations or the GMF. Little wonder. There is a very good reason why you have a lot of overtime and open jobs.

When SLC closes I hope this does not happen to them. What does a DCO, Mail Handler, or Carrier really know how the system works, let alone how to fix a problem? When it happens I think "YO" has a better idea: go get a job at Taco Bell.
s113Person was signed in when posted
09:37 PM ET (US)
If you want to come to Wichita, our Customer Care Center always has openings! In fact I think they are advertising them on eReassign. Tons of overtime right now and some schedules have weekends off. Wonder if Salt Lake REC will also be "converted" to a call center when it closes.
Edited 05-17-2017 09:38 PM
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
04:22 PM ET (US)
Form 3189 lets you change schedules for 30 days if union signs off. I never saw a reason good enough to sign one, but I know some stewards have approved them. For years. But those girls were damn cute. And friendly.

It's just money with PSE; don't take it personal. They have people who'll do your work for half what they pay you, so they do what it takes to keep them happy and not quitting.
OldTiredFTRPerson was signed in when posted
09:46 AM ET (US)
Good suggestion Yo To It's What, however I'm not diabetic (yet! Night shift workers are at a higher risk for diabetes and heart disease) so that isn't an option. Postalvet and mulligan, also good suggestions, but there appear to be very few openings, even fewer of which are within a reasonable distance from Salt Lake. I heard the current lack of bidding opportunities at the REC is going to stay that way til it closes. I guess they'd rather lose good keyers than work with anyone on their schedules, but by all means, let's keep hiring PSEs and giving them day schedules with weekends off.
postalvetPerson was signed in when posted
08:55 PM ET (US)
/m43216 change crafts to maintenance and go to a plant.
mulligan2Person was signed in when posted
03:44 PM ET (US)
Old and tired...You are a career Federal employee. Look outside the box that you are in. Why limit yourself to a REC job?
Ya To It's WhatPerson was signed in when posted
01:16 PM ET (US)
I looked. Type 2 Diabetes is usually covered under ADA. "Americans With Diability Act".
Ya To It's WhatPerson was signed in when posted
01:13 PM ET (US)
The only possibility I see other than bid would be if you are diabetic and your physician was to say that you need day work due to your condition. I have heard that some diabetics have more trouble regulating blood sugar on nocturnal type shifts. You would essentially be requesting reasonable accomodation for a medical condition. I am unsure however offhand if Diabetes is considered a disability for purposes of ADA.
OldTiredFTRPerson was signed in when posted
12:42 PM ET (US)
I'm an FTR on Tour 1 and I'm wondering if anyone knows about any way to go about changing your shift when you're an FTR (please don't laugh too hard). The Resource Center tells me I have to bid but there hasn't been much of anything to bid on in over a year. Are there any options for changing your shift or schedule once you're an FTR besides bidding? I'm guessing the answer will be a big fat "no," but I thought it might be worth asking here, since the few I have asked at the REC have barely surprised giggles while telling me "no." I really like a lot of things about Tour 1, but a few years on this shift is starting to really take a toll on my health and from everything I've been told at the REC, I'm just stuck because management sure doesn't care whether anyone's health is declining from our schedules - either the crazy changes being an FTR/PSE or getting stuck on an unnatural night shift as an FTR. Maybe it's time for a career change.
YoPerson was signed in when posted
03:51 PM ET (US)
The career conference is there to let you know that Taco Bell, Walmart and McDonalds are hiring in case you lose your REC job lol
Josh B.Person was signed in when posted
11:13 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know what the 'Career Conference 2017' is all about? I just wonder if it would be worth my time, as a PSE.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
02:55 PM ET (US)
/m43212 Different contracts.
hilariousPerson was signed in when posted
02:20 PM ET (US)
/m43209 Carriers don`t have to, why would clerks? Ridiculous.
ColtanPerson was signed in when posted
10:59 AM ET (US)
/m43210 Ah, good news! Thanks X-stew.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
11:44 AM ET (US)
/m43207 Here are the facts: “Clerk Craft PSEs who have already served one full term as a PSE will not be required to serve a probationary period as required by Article 12, Section 1, after conversion to career.”

I keep forgetting there are people who love to spread disinformation just to be nasty.

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