Is it true that SAIA will not hire ex union employees.

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  1. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    I have applied at SAIA and as a back up also applied to a union barn that is severly understaffed

    i have 8 years tractor trailer experience but non ltl. I also have a clean record.

    If SAIA does not hire me can i accept a job at a union barn to gain ltl experience and apply at SAIA after a year.

    Will this jeopardise my chances with SAIA since i have read here that SAIA avoids ex union.

    I have done a month of research and i have read a lot more good then Bad on SAIA, so this is where i want to end up.

    I appreciate all ypur advise.

    Thanks.
     
  2. bigbuck

    bigbuck Active Member

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    You're going to probably receive a few different answers to this, but I think for the most part, Saia shys away from hiring ex union employees. Why is another question for another time.
     
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  3. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    That's what i have been reading all over the board.
     
  4. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    Anyone know any other non union that is understaffed to get some ltl experience.
    I am based out of Columbus, OH.
     
  5. M3ATY

    M3ATY ┏(-_-)┓┏(-_-)┛

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    Estes is hiring.
     
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  6. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    will look into Estes, thanks M3ATY
     
  7. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    There is no such thing as needing LTL experience. I believe Saia requires I year of tractor trailer experience and certain endorsements but other than that, they will teach you what you need to know. Did you apply for Linehaul or City?
     
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  8. runawaytrain

    runawaytrain Wear their scorn with pride.

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    This is true. We hire our dock guys and we teach them to drive so I'm not sure what's up in your situation. If your young it would probably help but as long as your willing to learn and have some sort of humility and a good personality you should be fine. As far as being an ex-union guy it would be hard to say. We do have some but I'm not sure on that one.
     
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  9. joes bar and grill

    joes bar and grill Well-Known Member

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    If you're so worried about turn the job down, if they even offer it. You're putting the cart in front of the horse.
     
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  10. runawaytrain

    runawaytrain Wear their scorn with pride.

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    You say you have a clean driving record but is it perfect. Perfect DAC .. CSA .. MVR .. No tickets at all? No criminal, not even a misdemeanor. Being perfect really helps a lot.
     
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  11. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    I will give it a week and then call SAIA to check on app.

    Record is clean. Mvr, psp, dac, criminal and in early 30's

    Only issue is i have been O/O with own authority for last 3 years and i would have to verify my own employment.
     
  12. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    All depends on how desperate the terminal is for drivers at the time. Seems like it takes them forever to get this stuff done sometimes. I know for a fact that Columbus is looking for people right now because they are going to have to expand once the Northeast terminals open.
     
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  13. ltltrkr

    ltltrkr Active Member

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    You can try Dayton Freight
     
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  14. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    i will check em out ltlrkr.
    I really hope i get hired at SAIA thought.
     
  15. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    If you have your own truck and authority, Saia does use outside companies to push freight.
     
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  16. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    I was going to ask the question earlier... why would anyone with their own authority want to get into company driving?
     
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  17. truckdriver

    truckdriver Active Member

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    Probably for the benefits /// Tired of the hoops the federal government makes a one truck owner jump through to stay compliant.
     
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  18. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    Good question.

    i have 2 trucks and will be selling them with the business.

    I need more stability and better benefits.
    The amount of work i have to do is just not worth it.

    i work M - F and on weekends when i am home there is the truck and paperwork to worry about.

    Take truck to shop (if needed), audit logs, send invoices, ifta, irp.

    Also u r never off, always on call for any issues that arise with driver (shipper, lumper, receiver, dot)

    Also have to spend time looking for freight which has nose dived but is recovering.

    I could go on and on...

    I dont want to discourage anyone thought, there is money to be made if you can be on top of everything (maintenace, driver, paperwork, freight(
     
  19. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    What did someone post, that's 64 cents holding up 34 cents. There's a lot to be said for stability over uncertainty.
     
  20. Hilliard

    Hilliard New Member

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    Dracula what do you mean by that.
    i could be slow somedays
     

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