[quote author=staggerlee link=topic=79916.msg827726#msg827726 date=1273194675]
it's funny, i've been working in ltl for way, way, way longer than fedex freight has even been around. it's not that i'm an old guy, how long has it been since fedex bought af? i would think its still shy of 10 years. anyway, all the fxf guys i've gotten to know are city drivers and they've always told me fedex works them an average of 8-9 hours a day. they always tell me its only the senior guys who might get over 5 hours a week ot. franklin, is the work day you describe strictly typical for new hires or everyone. as far as working the dock, i like working the dock and prefer that over dealing with snooty customers, appointment times,residential deliveries and dipatchers who want me to be at 2 places at the same time.
New hires will get the late start times and the runs to cover mistakes and bad management.
Myself, customers fall into two catagories. Those that I can get along with, and those that I can't. I do my job. If I can't make the appointment times, it's not my fault. I don't mind residentials because usually are the greatest people I deal with. Dispatchers are another thing. In the old days, they could really screw you. Now.... as long as you aren't screwing around, your intermec shows every thing you are doing and where you are. If they want to push something, they had better make sure they are right. As long as you are clean, you have nothing to worry about. Get everything in text on the intermec and you're golden.
You worked to get your CDL. Why should you waste it working the dock?