[quote author=rwdfinch51 link=topic=79648.msg825359#msg825359 date=1272475863]
I was talking to a contractor in San Bernadino in February who told me that all owner operators got notice that they were done as of June. I heard it again in Schaumburg the following week, but I've been on Short term disability since shortly after that, so I haven't heard anything else to confirm it.
I did hear something from a driver last week that the owner ops were told that if they form their own corporation, get their own authority and insurance such as Ground has, then they will be contracted back on again, but I haven't heard it from anyone else yet.
I was told this back in Jan.
I am unsure when the start date was set for , so June could very well be it.
You have All Heard the term Power Only by now...Well here is the definition of Power Only........All of the present contractors have been told that they have to get their own authority, take Fed Ex off the door, hire their own drivers, and Carry their own ins. including Cargo Ins.... They have to have a minimum of like 4 trucks (maybe more, those with less are history).... They will then Contract to FX as Power Only units.... Meaning they be just like Doug Andrus,Walmart or any of the other Purchase Transportation we use, only they will still pull our trailers.....
How does this effect the Company Driver ?
I have not been told this , but it is not hard to figure.
Here is a example....Take the Satellite yards, or any other location where they decided to fill out with contractors instead of company trucks....That's no big deal because, contractors bid after company men...if your last on the board , lets say #35 out of 70 and the remaining 35 are contractors you were in great shape, because you had 36 bids to pick from.......Now with this New set up because, Power only (Purchase Trans.) contracts there loads,bids 36 thur 70 will go away and....... #31,32,33,34,35 will be Bottom of the board and probably Extra board and covering vacations ect since they are now low man.....