I thought I was the only one full of hypocrisy Phil. I look forward to your witty reply. You’re such a consummate professional company man. Oh, that’s right... you retired a millionaire. My mistake. You’re just the great SAIA activist.
Even in this thread I never said I agreed with everything. I also said your complaints wouldn’t fill a thimble compared to what those of us who actually had time with the company have seen change. Just in this thread alone. You didn’t have to go far to find that, but for dramatic effect you did, and that is so flattering my friend, I didn’t know you were so enamoured by me. It’s almost embarrassing.
So yes, wife and I have over a million in liquid assets. Wise investments. Six digit incomes, three rental properties, and a ranch we lease out to Stroh in southern Colorado. I was fibbing about 16 more years to go. Wife’s retirement is in 8 years, I thought it was longer...... Now, as an aside, I have started a retirement job with a major city, totally out of the trucking industry, but even it would only be 14 years and three months to a full retirement if I don’t purchase time to shorten it. So yeah, you got me on the 16 years.
Here is a major difference between the poor-little-ole-me syndrome that you all are whining about and myself.
In 1996 when the LH manager made changes and bragged about expecting 50% to quit I replied to him “I’ll outlast you or outlive you.” I did both.
When I was told drivers were a dime a dozen by a current Linehaul manager back in 97 or 98 I told him he should be glad he finally found someone he didn’t have to buy out of the bargain bin. I was right, he got a real driver.
When they quit giving us Christmas bonuses and told us drivers ‘voted’ on getting two more days off a year I called BS in a quarterly meeting, not behind anyone’s back.
When they took our ownership of our vacations away at the first of the year and the CFO told us that it didn’t really change anything I asked her in another quarterly meeting why the stockholders report posted a 14million dollar savings with the stroke of a pen. When she responded if I stayed till I was 55 it would be fine, I told her I would be retired by 50. Missed it by one year.
You get the picture you little drama queen? I either respectfully and or tactfully asked these questions face to face like a real driver would. Each time I made a decision to stay and kicked dirt over it and moved on. This job pays more money then any other driving job, as an industry not necessarily as a company. Where else can you go with a high school education, wear blue jeans to work, and make over 100k a year working five days a week?
Quit your whining. You finally made a decision to leave. Did it on your terms. Put that feather in your hat and claim the win. Build these other fellows up if you really feel like helping out, miring them down in moaning and whining and trying to convince anyone, especially yourself, that you could do a better job at running a company is juvenile. If you could you’d have your name on the side of the trucks, not your ass in the seat of it.