A typical day as a second shift Filler Specialist
Filler Specialist (Current Employee) – Amsterdam NY – September 2, 2012
I must show up early so that I can change from my street close to my uniform. The uniforms are not alowed outside the mill. After I have changed I leave the locker room to put on the disposable PPE provided and required by Beechnut. I make my way across the production floor to the production office where we all swipe our time card and check the schedual for the next day. We have a quick meeting with our boss so we are informed of any changes to expect and problems that the last shift may have had. Then I take my paperwork to one of the many job functions that I know. I curently know seven job functions, and could be on a different one every day, or the same for weeks, all this depends on the schedual that is posted one day at a time. Some jobs are physical, others require attention to detail like quality control testing. We work until the job is done, example - we ran out of work to do, we reached our goal, or a critical machine is damaged and cannot be easily repaire. On nights the machines are needed to run extra long then third shift, whose regular job is sanitation, takes over so we can leave.
good pay for this area, great benefits through the union, variety of work funtions
unreliable hours, lose benefits if not schedualed enough per month, rumor mill it is difficult to know what stories are believable from coworkers or bosses, employees poorly informed