Hello everyone first ever post here.... I work for yrc now but I always have wondered why the teamsters union doesn't organize truck load carriers? I mean if anyone gets abused in trucking it is tl company drivers. All the free time sitting before you get paid any detention (2 to 4 hours free) and then not much after that.... thank you for your comments
job at a small truckload carrier I got asked by quite a few drivers how I got a union job.... so I think the desire is there by some... when they say "I'm not a union kind of guy" you say (if we could start some kind of organizing drive) "Sorry to hear that, but if you were that kind of guy, we could help you get paid for your load/unload time, the time you fuel, and anything else you do for free now for you company. Just think how it would be to get paid for all of your hours." I think that would be easy to sell... been there done that and it sucked!
The Teamsters should put billboards on every highway with an organizing dept number, asking the simple questions. Do you get fair hometime? Do you get paid for everything you do? Do you get treated with respect?
If not- we can help you.
Then the Teamsters need to answer that phone, and when they get enough people on the mailing lists start organizing.
Funny thing is, (correct me if I'm wrong) Schneider used to be a big union carrier I believe back in the late 60's, early 70's . Wish I knew more about the early history and how they decertified with the union but remember reading about it. May try to dig up some info to back this up.
Found it here:
It was Schneider Transport division that was union, their Schneider National was non-union.
Here's another link:
Good morning StJVet from a former STJ from 003 and 007.I worked for Johnson Motor Lines and Werner when they had an LTL division.I don't know how they de-certified the union but I expect they may have just shut down the LTL division and funded the TL division after de-regulation??
Also, you can tell the difference between the two because ST has a flourescent orange square, with a black squared off 's' in it. Most of the time it is on the bunk- about 1 foot by 1 foot square.
no overtime,not even a guarantee of minimum wage,in some cases horrible working conditions. i won't bash all truckload carriers because i've worked for a couple good ones. but as far as truck load goes it's not much different from illegals working under the wire. thanks teddy kennedy and jimmy carter. for deregulation.