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chris/CO149 [userpic]
bus report

coach 933

my chief called me in to discuss my recent performance record and to determine my intent to go full time. Record is good, and intent to go full time is recorded. We don't know when I'd attend the upgrade class yet.


Preface: Full time operators provide the basic level of service. Part timers provide the additional service necessary to get the county through the daily rush hours.

There are three types of operators.

Part time. Part timers are assigned a piece of work that happens during a weekday morning or a weekday afternoon (or sometimes both). One works the same work every day. You can request to be considered to get day work in the period you don't work (i.e. take over a bit if a part timer has the day off) or do the work some other part timer left behind when she went on vacation.

Full timers come in two categories:

Regular operators: Regular operators pick which days off they get (in order of seniority. I can expect to get wednesday and thursday off for a long time.) Then they pick which runs they get on the days they work. Unlike part timers, this could be something different every day, but the pattern will repeat from week to week.

Extra board operators: These folks get to work the pieces of work left over that the regular operators didn't pick. Metro sets this up on purpose, to ensure that all service is filled. It's the cushion between the ivory tower idea that all work can be filled by regular operators and the reality that no one can show up to work like Cal Ripken can. Extra board operators pick their days off and their position on the board. Work is assigned daily through an incredibly arcane procedure, and it's unlikely a board operator will do the same thing twice in a row.

Full timers are entitled to be assigned work beyond 40 hours a week, and can work special runs (like the extra service during ball games). Full timers may work nights weekends and holidays.

Part timers get overtime only by accident, and can only work weekdays (and usually only half of each day)

The work assignment processes are very different, so we need some classroom time to learn that. And some time to learn about the types of work fulltimers can do that part timers can't. Since new full timers are put on the extra board until the next work pick, they have to be qualified on as many routes as can be crammed into their brain before they start work.

Because most operators are not rocket scientists like me (heh) the training period is three weeks.

Certainly, I'll know more of these Inner Mysteries later in my current timeline.