Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ok, so I may not sue the USPS

hmm, looks like the USPS can fire me for being sick,
they were within thier rights and sought to get rid of me
before the 90 day probation period...

Either way it wasn't the end of the world for me, I still have
health insurance (and disability insurance), I can still find
out whats wrong/ fix it and get a better job.

I'm not a victim.

I've wasted no time in searching for a $20 hour job and I'll get
one, it's just irritating and uncomfortable, but I have big shoulders,
and my higher power has got my back.

It'll take at least a week to replace my job, I still HAVE a job, but
it's not the $19 hour/ Post Office benefits/ 10 paid holidays I
originally signed on for, the crappy Blue Mountain Express is offering
me a measley $10 to $12 an hour delivering freight/ loaded trailers the
better paid line haul drivers left in the yard, and I have to pay $65 a
week or so for health insurance.

I'll probably go to work for WB transport making $23 an hour, but AFTER
I get checked out health wise, might be Crohn's disease, might be
kidney stones, or some other gastric problem (might be colon cancer/
prostate cancer, my Dad just died from prostate cancer, might be
rectal cancer... What ever God's will is, I'll handle it.


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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Went back to truck driving

I've not posted since Dec 8, on Dec 9 I took a job for the winter.

I drove a tractor trailer for a company that is a US Mail contractor.
I loved it, got sick, learned I have some serious gastric aliment,
have painful kidney stones that I never passed and communicated all
this to the US Postal Service.

I communicated to them that I will have medical insurance on Feb 1
and scheduled Doctor visits... I also went to the Frederick County
(Maryland) Health Department for a blood test...
I also got the flu...

The (Unjust) transportation manager for the US Post Office that
is in charge of Suburban Washington DC mail at Shady Grove Rd
in Gaithersburg Maryland fired me the day before my health insurance
kicked in...

I recently learned that Blue Mountain Express was full of shit!
The Transportation manager at the Shady Grove Suburban DC Post Office
wasn't the one that fired me... Blue Mtn Express fired me and just told
me that the Post Office did it.

BME apparently either did not believe I was sick or just didn't want to
have to deal with a driver that might have to take off for being sick.


I'm not fired from the company I work for, I'm only fired from the
USPS route that I was assigned to. My illness made me late on my route
4 times in 5 weeks and I took a day off when I was too sick to safely
drive the tractor trailer.

My old response to this adversity would be to play a victim and whine...
My new response was to:

  • Get a better job

  • look into a law suit against the USPS

  • call MD Dept of Transportation to report that the company I worked for
    insisted that I exceed the DOT hours of service 3 times, 2 times knowing
    full well I was sick.

  • (a CDL truck driver cannot legally drive over 60 hours a week, I did 2 74 hour
    weeks and my first week was 15 consecutive days and 77 hours)

    Side Bar: If it's Christmas time and you're driving on the nations highways late at night and a US Post Office Mail Contractor tractor trailer is weaving in and out of their lane... slow down and give them a wide berth!

    The driver is likely too tired to be behind the wheel!!

    so...
    I've not posted lately
    more comming soon, I've lots of new stuff to write about.

    oh, yeah, the offending Mail contractor is:
    Blue Mountain Express Inc.
    Frederick MD

    shit happens

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