[quote author=cocheesehead link=topic=79648.msg830181#msg830181 date=1273979638]
There is NOT going to be a merger between National and Freight, the logistics would never, ever work, this talk has been going on and on and on-it will never happen, so if you get an offer from National, you would be crazy to not take it and stay at Conway--we have several ex-Conway drivers at our barn and I personally know 2 more who are in the process and will start soon--those already here said it was the best job decision they have made and the 2 that I know who are coming on board cant wait for there start day so that they can get away from Conway---take the job if it is offered to you.
Not sure what "logistics" you are referring to. Mergers happen all the time in this industry. FedEx Freight used to handle the 3-5 day freight before it was handed to National and could just as easily go back to it. I don't claim to be any kind of expert so, if I'm missing something, please tell me.
They have a long history of keeping everything hush-hush until it's time to pull the trigger on a change. You will be able to see some signs if you are paying attention... like small changes in rules and procedures and things that don't seem important at the time but really become crystal clear after the big move is made. I know from experience that this is how Freight operates.
Could be, that National is hiring like crazy, because Freight is hiring like crazy. I think it's easy to see that if they did merge then all the National employees would become Freight employees...new hires and all. Also, they probably have the whole thing already mapped out and know where they will need the major increases in staffing. I do think it would be a lousy thing to do to someone. I mean, hire people who think they will be working for National, but the bosses know all along that they will all be working for Freight in a few months, or however long it may be. Of course, that could be why the corporate honchos keep it hush-hush, to give their subordinates "plausible deniability" to the situation. Just a thought.
As a Freight guy myself, I have always thought the merger would eventually happen. If, for no other reason but the costs associated with redundancy of operations in the same cities. I always saw this thing as two companies doing the work that one could do. Again, I'm no kind of expert...just the way I personally always saw it.
We don't know what the future holds for any of us. I wish everybody the best.