Milwaukee Terminal

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  1. miltowntrucker

    miltowntrucker Member

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    Just curious if anyone knows how many miles Linehaulers are getting out of the Milwaukee terminal? Also if any of the runs will change when the new terminal is open?
     
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    cracker Active Member

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    They must stay pretty busy at Dayton you hardly see anyone on here. I was wondering also if they are hiring for Linehaul anywhere. It says they are on their website but ya never know. Guess I could call lol
     
  3. miltowntrucker

    miltowntrucker Member

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    I actually did get hired on with Dayton. I started 2 weeks ago, everything has been great so far and getting pretty good miles. Excellent equipment, no doubles, most of the people really seem to enjoy working at Dayton. We are busy so I would recommend just to apply online at the terminal you are interested in and if you don't get a call back within a couple days give the Terminal manager a call.
     
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  4. cracker

    cracker Active Member

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    Congrats. Do you get home everyday? Do they have pretty good runs there and any dock work involved? Assigned equipment? I’m thinking about the Rockford terminal.
     
  5. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    There are very few "system" drivers out all week in hotels. Most of us are home daily. Assigned trucks, although some new drivers bounce around until they get one. No dock work for the vast majority of us unless we want it. Some nights I may have to kick a few skids off at a dark terminal, though.

    Different terminals have more or less miles than others. Most of us average 500 per night at mine, but some terminals are much better than that. Of course it can be rough for the bottom guys sometimes, but we are growing and that doesn't last. It's a good place to be.
     
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    cracker Active Member

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    What Kind of orientation did you have to go through when you was hired?
     
  7. bubs

    bubs Active Member

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    You will do a couple of days on the dock and then a week or two weeks with a line-haul trainer. It's one of the better LTL jobs that I've had and there are plenty of Miles. My only complaint is United Healthcare for the insurance is kind of crappy. Can't win them all I guess
     
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    Ok thanks for the info. That’s good that you don’t have to go to home office for it. Do you have any automatic tractors? I’m not looking to change jobs till early spring though, wonder if I should go ahead and get the process started it probably takes a few months anyways huh? You get paid weekly right? Very nice of you guys to take the time to answer my questions. Kudos to you
     
  9. bubs

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    Yeah, it'll take at least a month. I think this year my region had like a 17% jump in volume so I imagine the whole area around Illinois it's probably going to be steadily hiring. If I remember right, I think in the fall Milwaukee supposed to get a new terminal somewhere by Racine so they will definitely be hiring by then. Spring would be good to get ahead of some people seniority wise. Of 50 or so road tractors, none are stick. I think two in the city are manual. Pay is weekly. Dayton is actually the first LTL that doesn't constantly screw my hours up. I think I've only had two changes in a year and a half. that bodes well for how they run the company. It's definitely much more organized and way less combative than UPS Freight. I just wish they would change the insurance. I despise United Healthcare
     
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  10. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    What about the insurance don't you like? Over here at Saia we have United Healthcare, but our plan is excellent with low premiums.
     
  11. bubs

    bubs Active Member

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    Same here. I despise United healthcare. I miss my teamcare bcbs
     
  12. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    For what it's worth, I haven't had any problems. The only thing I've heard they can be bad about is mental health claims (my wife works in that field).

    Our HSA plan is very good at Dayton. Despite having a baby this year and having a total of 5 humans on my plan, I've paid out less than $2,800 out of my HSA this year and $1,500 of it was the company's contribution.

    There is no premium at all. You put into it whatever you want, tax free, and you never lose that money if you don't need to use it (including the money the company puts in). Once you hit the deductible ($4,000), 100% of medical bills are paid. One thing I don't understand but will not complain about is how I hit the deductible in January with the birth of my son, but still never actually paid out that much.

    I did the math and figured according to how our plan works the most I'd ever need to pay into my HSA would be $50/wk in a worst-case scenario. It turns out it was overkill, but I do it anyway because that money is mine to keep and it's still half as much as I was paying at my last job in premiums alone. I know it's not a free Teamsters plan, but it's way better than most and it's far better (and cheaper) than any healthcare plan I've ever had at any other job.
     
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  13. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    We don't have HSA over here, just regular HMO
     
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  14. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    We've got both, but the HSA is the better deal, since you lose your premiums on the PPO and are responsible for 20% after meeting the deductible. Most people just don't understand HSAs and are scared of going that route. You can lay out all the math, and some guys will choose the PPO anyway because that's what they're used to.
     
  15. PistonRing83

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    My biggest fear of HSA's was that if you have a major event happen, and can't cover it with the amount that's in your HSA account then you're screwed. But if Dayton's HSA has a $4000 max, then that isn't a bad deal at all. My only experience with HSA's was through Cigna back when I worked at Con-Way, but that was an absolute joke of an excuse for an insurance company.

    Our premiums at Saia are only $37.50 for the family plan and I easily get WAY more out of the plan than I pay in every year. For us it's a win, but that's way cheaper than most insurance plans that I know of in LTL.

    Good to know this stuff either way, because if I ever do leave Saia, Dayton would be the first place I would go looking.
     
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  16. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    ^^^ That's a really good premium for a family plan, which is pretty much unheard of anywhere (outside of company-paid plans, of course).

    Not all HSAs are created equal, ours just has very good terms. There's no premium, the company puts in $1,500, and 100% of medical expenses are paid after the deductible is met. I thought it was "too good to be true" and that there had to be a catch, but I ran it by a family member who has expertise with healthcare costs and insurance plans and she said it was a no-brainer. I haven't been disappointed, whether we have to use it a lot or not much at all in a given year.
     
  17. PistonRing83

    PistonRing83 Well-Known Member

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    It's about the only thing keeping me here anymore, honestly.
     
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  18. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    Sorry to hear that. I know their drivers used to have great pride in the company but I hear a lot of talk about how the cameras and discipline have lessened that greatly. Hopefully they will eventually learn how important morale is to driver retention and performance.
     

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