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Personally I'd only apply for FT, though there's some debate to be had on that one. You'll get backfilled into PT positions first if you're hired on as PT, some of which are only 4 hour routes. Most PT routes will be 3-7 PM, so potential rush hour traffic both ways to work. While you may get the option to extend with pre-shift, some days you won't and you'll be driving into a different zone for 4 hours work. If you're in a small, slow station you may be forced to deal with 20 hours a week for several months. As a term, you'd be better off getting 2x9 hour working days (which is entirely possible) instead of 5x4 with 60% less commuting, plus as time goes on you'll start getting week and month long bids anyway. Union dues are the same when you're parttime, you'll start paying pension, vacation and medical so your paycheques will be tiny unless you manage to (and want to) extend every day.
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mikebc wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 9:27 pm
Personally I'd only apply for FT, though there's some debate to be had on that one. You'll get backfilled into PT positions first if you're hired on as PT, some of which are only 4 hour routes. Most PT routes will be 3-7 PM, so potential rush hour traffic both ways to work. While you may get the option to extend with pre-shift, some days you won't and you'll be driving into a different zone for 4 hours work. If you're in a small, slow station you may be forced to deal with 20 hours a week for several months. As a term, you'd be better off getting 2x9 hour working days (which is entirely possible) instead of 5x4 with 60% less commuting, plus as time goes on you'll start getting week and month long bids anyway. Union dues are the same when you're parttime, you'll start paying pension, vacation and medical so your paycheques will be tiny unless you manage to (and want to) extend every day.
Next time I am in, I will make the changes to apply for FT in both zones, and leave PT in both zones as choices 3 and 4. The benefits are big to me with two kids, so even with PT and some OT, I could make it work.

Thanks for the insight.
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FYI
IF you are not aware,, Rogers and Telus offer employee plans. 30%off
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airmail wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 9:56 pm
FYI
IF you are not aware,, Rogers and Telus offer employee plans. 30%off
......and they're still a rip-off
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ocallaghand wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 8:47 pm
Going to do that and add my home area of Niagara on it in addition to Hamilton. I was told to apply in Hamilton to fast track the FT designation.
You can only apply for FT in the zone which you work as a casual. For you, that is Hamilton only which includes (Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and Grimsby).

You can also add PT-LC and P04 to your application if you haven’t already. That may speed up the path to permenant if one of those positions comes available sooner.
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I have added PT LC already. Here is my question. If I am hired on, and all my casual status was spent in Stoney Creek, can I be sent to Oakville or anywhere that needs me? Coming in from Niagara to Stoney Creek every day wasn't bad, but if I am all of a sudden sent to Oakville, that would be a long drive, ever single day. Can I turn down FT till a position comes up in a depot of my choosing?

I am guessing not, but I thought I would ask.
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Are you 100% sure on that one pike18? I had applications in for 2 zones and no one ever said it wasn't allowed.

Regarding a promotion to FT/PT, no you can't turn it down. You'll be backfilled to a station within your zone (usually 2 weeks at a time) until you bid on a position to own. You can choose not to bid if you don't like the depots that have open RLC positions, unless they assign you a position when you get your designation (which does happen, but it's rare). Backfill positions will guarantee you get a 2-4 week route, as opposed to being low RLC in station who will be getting daily assignments. Once that 2 week backfill expires they'll send you to another station for 2-4 weeks.

If you really don't like a station you're backfilled into you can try to take your vacation and/or personal days immediately to wait out a bid cycle. You will get a percentage of your 3 weeks holiday and 5 personal days based on how long is left in the "year" (holidays re-roll on April 1st, personal days re-roll on July 1). You can also go on leave without pay if the supervisor approves it.

edit: *2-4 weeks I think.
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mikebc wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:05 pm
Are you 100% sure on that one pike18? I had applications in for 2 zones and no one ever said it wasn't allowed.

Regarding a promotion to FT/PT, no you can't turn it down. You'll be backfilled to a station within your zone (usually 2 weeks at a time) until you bid on a position to own. You can choose not to bid if you don't like the depots that have open RLC positions, unless they assign you a position when you get your designation (which does happen, but it's rare). Backfill positions will guarantee you get a 2-4 week route, as opposed to being low RLC in station who will be getting daily assignments. Once that 2 week backfill expires they'll send you to another station for 2-4 weeks.

If you really don't like a station you're backfilled into you can try to take your vacation and/or personal days immediately to wait out a bid cycle. You will get a percentage of your 3 weeks holiday and 5 personal days based on how long is left in the "year" (holidays re-roll on April 1st, personal days re-roll on July 1). You can also go on leave without pay if the supervisor approves it.

edit: *2-4 weeks I think.
Yes, 100%. I originally had an application submitted with two different zones and it was denied. I had to resubmit with the zone I belonged to as a casual. This is why I transferred from Oakville to Hamilton as a casual before I was hired. Oakville’s casuals belong to GTA West, so I could only apply for FT-LC there unless I transferred casual call lists to Hamilton.
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ocallaghand wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:47 pm
I have added PT LC already. Here is my question. If I am hired on, and all my casual status was spent in Stoney Creek, can I be sent to Oakville or anywhere that needs me? Coming in from Niagara to Stoney Creek every day wasn't bad, but if I am all of a sudden sent to Oakville, that would be a long drive, ever single day. Can I turn down FT till a position comes up in a depot of my choosing?

I am guessing not, but I thought I would ask.
You could be, but realistically you would probably end up being auto-assigned to either Depot 1 or Burlington until you successfully bid on a position.

When you are hired, you’re classified as “unassigned” where you backfill positions (usually in between bids for a month) until you secure a walk or relief position.

If work volume is the highest priority until you’re hired, you may want to look into transferring depots to depot 1. It’s notoriously undesirable and can be challenging due to the urban and high business nature of the walks, but there’s always lots of casuals in house. We’re going through a restructure in Feb, so I’m not sure that will affect staffing levels.
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Hugh Jass wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:13 pm
......and they're still a rip-off
I thought 49$ monthly for 20gb data plan was an ok deal with the discount
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I'm considering putting in a transfer to LC from casual P04 to get full-time faster, so I was looking for weight vests online to go walking with to be somewhat prepared. Funnily enough, everywhere I look says how bad they are on the knees, hips and joints when you wear them for long periods of time.

My question is: How're you multi-year LC's doing physically? Can you feel your body wearing down significantly? I've talked to some of the ex-LC's at my depot that have transferred to P04, most of them told me I shouldn't transfer to LC in its current state but part of me still likes the idea if I can prepare myself as much as possible before-hand.
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dilbertojonesy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 8:21 am
I'm considering putting in a transfer to LC from casual P04 to get full-time faster, so I was looking for weight vests online to go walking with to be somewhat prepared. Funnily enough, everywhere I look says how bad they are on the knees, hips and joints when you wear them for long periods of time.

My question is: How're you multi-year LC's doing physically? Can you feel your body wearing down significantly? I've talked to some of the ex-LC's at my depot that have transferred to P04, most of them told me I shouldn't transfer to LC in its current state but part of me still likes the idea if I can prepare myself as much as possible before-hand.
They're no worse than gaining that weight and walking around with it. Head to the gym and do exercises that will strengthen the muscles that will help offset the additional weight's impact on joints/knees.
For this reason, you will never see the big body builders jogging/running.

What is the max weight that you expect to have on those bags? 30lbs? 80lbs?
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airmail wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 2:45 am
I thought 49$ monthly for 20gb data plan was an ok deal with the discount
There's no way that's Canada wide.
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PT makes footwalks better for you as you can shorten your loops if needed. Old system footwalks were much worse IMO. Also, routes are now more mixed and the trend is moving towards more boxes anyway.

People get knee and back issues after 30 years, not 3. I would ignore what most of the old guard tells you because yes, it did use to be much better, but hanging onto those memories isn't doing anyone favours. We're not going back, this is the job now. Most of the senior LCA's who moved inside have never done PT or tried it and didn't stick with it long enpugh to learn it. They're not the best test for what's good - you need hours and seniority, you need to do what's best for you.
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airmail wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 2:45 am
I thought 49$ monthly for 20gb data plan was an ok deal with the discount
Wow. Never seen anything close to that on those networks. More details?
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