I work for another LTL in Columbus. A few years ago, the end on 2008, they let me go. Three weeks before Christmas. I went down to the food bank on the first Monday of the new year. They were hiring for two drivers. By noon that day they had over 500 applications and had run out of papers for people to fill out. It was crazy how badly the slow down had hurt drivers in the area. Fast forward to today. All the LTL in this town are hiring. OD seems to be the only one with a list or any wait. Many Holland and YRC flipping to UPS for feeder jobs. The rail is so backed up there are people pulling containers EVERYWHERE. Drivers have options. How do you convince a guy to lug school books in with a dolly ? Show up at a construction site with a pile of crap ? Hump stuff off with his bare hands ? For what ? Columbus has become a difficult market. The guys we hire can't even do the job. They get sent out with five stops and bring two back. And all dispatch will say is that at least they got three or that's three less for us to do tomorrow. It's been very tough. And the shortage is going to make it worse. Some of these companies are sitting on their hands. Making record profits. They could be more competitive with wages and benefits. They choose not to be. And the hoops you have to jump through for a Hazmat endorsement has become obscene. Guys are complaining about five or six months of wait for the fingerprinting to be processed. A lot of the problems with the trucking industry have pushed people away. And in this area we have other jobs that pay similar. For less stress. Less getting jerked around. It's tempting. I have a few places I keep my eyes on. I could have a 10 minute commute. Eliminate a city tax that takes more than the state does. The savings in taxes and fuel would more than make up for the loss in pay. The problem in Cowtown isn't that Saia or anyone else doesn't pay like so and so. It's that people have options. And they are choosing to be home more and make less money because the big bucks just aren't there any more. The reward isn't enough to be worth the risk. Let alone the toll on the family. My two cents. Sorry for the rant.