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    Starting FedEx road driver pay/benefits

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    I am sure this has been asked 1000 times before, but I was hoping some of you all might have some current/2011 figures info for me (I am new to the boards, so don't flame me out if this has been answered recently :-)

    In the far south Chicagoland area, what can a new road driver expect to pull in per week/hour, and is overtime generally available? I know you do not top out for three years, etc. Also, how is it with layoffs as a rule? Are things pretty solid? The gig I have now is ok, so Fedex would sort of have to "bring it" for me to switch. Any other details or comments, both positive and negative, would be greatly appreciated. Just make sure said comments are constructive please. Thanks!

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    Unfortunately, there are no guarantees as far as hours/miles. They may give their opinion as to how many but, that is just an opinion. Somebody else in that region can answer the wage Q. It varies from region

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    'appreciate that. Thanks for the start, sharpshooter

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    Hours and miles vary greatly by location. Out in the middle of the sticks in a relay location will get you the most. Large urban areas would tend to involve shorter runs and more time driving a forklift. Until they figure out how this new thing is going to shake out, I wouldn't leave a sure thing for this.

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    Drive 40 miles to the hub, bust your set, work the dock for 8 hours, red shirts hollaring at you about 7 bills per hour.
    Extraboard = sit around, wait by the phone, maybe get 1-2 runs per week (if you're lucky).
    When freight slows, they don't layoff.
    They'll just starve you out so you quit and they don't have to pay unemployment benefits.
    Real class act we've got running this circus.
    Morons haven't shown a profit in like 2 years.

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    I hear you but its the rare transfer company that's shown a profit or hasn't made ty cutbacks the last couple years.

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    don't listen to this guy, he's one of those 'hater' trolls.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Varnco View Post
    Drive 40 miles to the hub, bust your set, work the dock for 8 hours, red shirts hollaring at you about 7 bills per hour.
    Extraboard = sit around, wait by the phone, maybe get 1-2 runs per week (if you're lucky).
    When freight slows, they don't layoff.
    They'll just starve you out so you quit and they don't have to pay unemployment benefits.
    Real class act we've got running this circus.
    Morons haven't shown a profit in like 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zathlon View Post
    don't listen to this guy, he's one of those 'hater' trolls.
    Your just pissed cause he speaks the truth and "most" of us know it

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    So all in all stay put where I am and let the economy shake out a little bit more. Gotcha. Shame, as far as driving jobs go, I figured FedEx had it much better than most.

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    With the Hours of Service changes that are coming and the Mexican trucks that will be rolling across the USA this summer, I just don't know which way for you to go. But, Fedex freight is not done in Chicagoland yet. There are more projects coming 1-3 years out.


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