Bring on the UNION !!!!

Discussion in 'Estes Express Lines' started by UnhappyEdriver, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. mildew

    mildew Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Saw one today pulling a Southeastern set. They might be underbidding everyone. Who knows. We have plenty of Covenant trucks pulling our trailers.
     
  2. lonertyme

    lonertyme New Member

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    towards the end of the week in the northeast, we rely heavily on Covenant,Socal,Landstar and an occasional Swift to move loads to high volume destinations or to places our drivers would have to return empty from. This is critical for service and it is more cost efficient. I have heard that it costs $1.10 per mile to run a contract carrier as compared to $1.40 a mile to run our own drivers. During extreme busy spells, i have seen landstar and covenant drivers working within our system. Nowadays, if you see a covenant driver pulling an estes trailer, its because the origin terminal was out of empty covenants or the planners are trying to balance the equipment pool.
     
  3. Gimit

    Gimit Member

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    Good thread...............:-0
     
  4. Gimit

    Gimit Member

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    Don't you think goober smooching is a little bit of an understatement.
     
  5. mildew

    mildew Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I was trying to stay within the rules but I appriciate you pointing that out for me:17:
     
  6. Starkravinloon

    Starkravinloon Hero's Falling At Home

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    I passed the AAA Cooper terminal in JAM the other night...They must have had 10 contractors at their terminal...Now, I pass their terminal every night,and I've worked for Cooper...That's the most,by far,that I have ever seen in that terminal..And that's only a 66 door barn..Everyone is doing it...
     
  7. Cab Lizzard

    Cab Lizzard Well-Known Member

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    Mr Loon you have hit the nail on the head All of the LTLs are using purchased transportation except one. I have never seen ABF doing it yet !
    If you think long and hard about it you can see at the end of the day it is the cheapest way to go all around. Yes the race to the bottom in LTL is heating up and they have found a way to increase shareholder value at the expense of their loyal workers and their family's.
    Their is already unlimited part time dock workers with no benifits. What they going to do next outsource that to a 3pl ? I have seen it at one global company already!Yes part time dock and also provide the yard tractor and driver to move their freight. Now I have not figured out how to pick up and deliver freight like this but I am sure they are working on it.
    This method of operation looks to be catching on and it does not matter which side of the labor fence your on, its going to affect us all.
    Ever think of a generic dock where all carriers drop their freight for 3pl P&D ? Scary
     
  8. Starkravinloon

    Starkravinloon Hero's Falling At Home

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    I have seen USA Truck pulling ABF trailers,but we all know the story about that...The 3pl system is a mystery to me too,I really don't know how that would work,but like you said,most companies have those college boys working on it...
     
  9. mildew

    mildew Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They better hope the Abf driver that was told to stay home doesn't find out an outsider was wiggling his wagons
     

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