At UPS,Everyone Pulls Their Own Weight


An excerpt from my book.

Written By: Gary Wonning

That’s the way it was with new employees, there were no free lunches. We broke the new guys in right, there were no slackers, and everyone at UPS has to earn their keep. In many ways, the drivers were harder on the new employees than management was. If all else failed, we would ostracize them until they fell in line. Once you “Got it”, you were part of the brotherhood.

No slackers were allowed, if the new employee didn’t carry his own weight, the older drivers had to, and we weren’t going to do that. They make the same amount of money as we do; they have to do the same work. Male or female, it didn’t matter, you had to prove yourself.

That’s not to say there wasn’t anyone who would help you, we did, as Dave Koger once said, “Don Stork and Wayne Strimple helped me tremendously until I learned the ropes, if it wasn’t for them, I may not have made it”

Of course, the help always came with good-natured sarcasm and politically incorrect comments, all said within hearing distance of others so everyone could get a good laugh. We all knew the comments would be returned in kind at the proper time. That’s what made us so close and willing to take the so-called harassment. We knew that every morning somebody would say something to fire us up and get us ready for the work day.

God forbid you wear something unusual to work or drive a different kind of car, or heaven forbid a rice burner motorcycle.

I realized at that time, unions only help those that can benefit the cause of the union. I then realized it was every man for himself, never again would I trust the union for anything. The mere fact they were using my dues to donate to political candidates I would never vote for was also a large thorn in my side.

Common Sense for the Modern era.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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