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  1. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That's because you're a cantankerous old man like me. Back in my day I'd have eaten something like that up. Excessive OT is addressed in our contract and, accordingly, should be handled by our union...I'm sure Ernie will be all over it! I have always been an advocate for additional monetary penalties for anything over 10 in a work day. If we were to receive double, double and a half or triple time for excessive OT it would be a whole lot easier to swallow...it might even make it desirable and it might just provide that incentive that the employer needs to hire more people and allocate work differently.
     
  2. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Thank you Bro. Von. I've been playing that " What are they going to do, fire me?" card for about 2 months already......... Only another 2 months to go.

    Besides, most people think I'm retired already, and ABF is just letting me drive the truck around........
     
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  3. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Cantankerous is right! Cranky as hell if I don't get my two hour nap after lunch........

    Wife already went to the Mack junkyard and bought an old steering wheel. She's going to mount it on the living room couch so that when I retire, I can take my naps at home comfortably........
     
  4. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't you mean, "uncomfortably"? How are you getting a comfortable nap in these trucks? Please share your secret. I am eligible for Worker's Compensation trips to the chiropractor for my back cramps after my lunchtime nap!
     
  5. vongrimmenstein

    vongrimmenstein Well-Known Member

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    See there, they really are the fools by letting you play that way. In your case, thank God we can't accuse them of being smart. von.
     
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    vongrimmenstein Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the sound track that has the jake brake song. Perfect to play around 3AM. Momma gonna love ya even more, or not. von.
     
  7. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    If you take your left arm and thread it through one side of the wheel and back out,........ and take your right arm and kind of pile it around your neck as you pillow your left cheek (face cheek) on the bottom-most spoke of the wheel,..... and wait until your entire head goes numb from the pinched nerves in your neck,.......... usually you can get a good two hours' nap that way.

    The only problem is that when you wake up, it takes your eyes about 20 minutes before they focus together....... There's quite a bit of tingling as the blood starts rushing back into your brain,....... some people might find that startling,...... but I've always quietly enjoyed it.

    Try not to sleep with your forehead on the center of the wheel........ The "Mack" emblem takes most of the day to fade out, and some people think that the mark on your forehead is some sort of truck driver's religious rite of passage......,
     
  8. Trucker 206

    Trucker 206 Well-Known Member

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    Good points ALL, canary. Trucking has a very high divorce rate, and the reason is obvious: we're never home! I've wanted to file on the Excessive Overtime clause for YEARS at my barn, but nobody else wants to go along with it. And our 'shop steward' doesn't seem the slightest bit interested. It's pretty sad when nobody wants to back each other up, and I'm not going to be the only one filing...strength in numbers.

    I'm tired of the late nights. I don't want or need the OT at this point in my life. And, like you say...this is trucking, and there will be OT on occasion...I understand that. But the 10, 11, 12..sometimes 13-hour days have to stop. Been married 30 years. My wife is sick of it, and so am I.
     
  9. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    I understand that distinctly, Brother. Working......... or worse, volunteering to work excessive overtime ,......... in my opinion, all you're doing is saving up for that solid gold coffin to be buried in.

    A number of years ago , we filed a grievance on the excessive overtime with the formula in the contract to bring guys back off of layoff. The companies' reaction was the same as if I had yanked their liver out with a claw hammer. They couldn't believe we all didn't want to work 13 hour days, while our two bottom men day at home on layoff.....

    Needless to say, after a few weeks, those guys were back.........And we still we're getting 13 hour days.......
     
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    Time was my biggest complaint at ABF. There was none of it. At all. No set schedule, no life. Bid runs kept getting cut. I was told when I hired on, after two years I'd have a bid. As the bids were cut, I went five years with no bid.

    As a rookie, an older driver told me, "You may as well forget about life outside those green trucks." It sounded lucrative and exciting. How quickly that wore off.

    And now it's Monday-Friday, weekends off...Not making as much money at the moment, but I don't care. Eventually I'll make more. ABF was rough on life. I don't miss anything about it.

    Good luck working this out. I don't see much hope, but I'm pulling for you.
     
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  11. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Congratulations on taking control of your life and doing what is right for yourself. Most drivers think that they're stuck where they are.
     
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    I felt pretty stuck. It's not easy to give up a lucrative job for a chance (NOT a guarantee) at getting a better job.

    Plus, I look pretty goddamn good in brown. Lol
     

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