Discussion in 'Wal-Mart Drivers' started by Double-Clutch, Aug 4, 2014.
where do you get prescriptions for $1.00?
I get a three month supply of a prescription for a 1.66 through Caremark Mail order. I have been sick and gotten antibiotics for a few dollars. You can believe me if you want to, but I am telling the truth.
I believe ya, i just wanted to know how ya did it.. I have the same insurance and deal with walgreens. i could probably get it cheaper that way
What are some examples of well care visits? Are women's visits to gyne covered at 100%? I know sounds kinda funny but can be expensive! lol
Pretty sure they are, also mammograms and such.
I really think if the only reason you wouldn't take a Walmart driving job is the insurance, you are missing the big picture. I drove for Walmart for roughly 3 months. Walmart new I was a Teamster and still treated me with the utmost respect, because they value safe professional drivers more than any company that I know of. You could make enough money there to compensate for not having free insurance and a pension. I ran the numbers and with their contribution to a 401k you could have a monthly income comparable or better to my Teamster pension when you retire, assuming the stock market performed as it had over the last 100 years. The insurance definately was not as good as my Central States plan, but very few plans are and if you are making roughly $100,000 a year, you can afford to pay a few bucks a week for insurance. I did not stay there because I didn't like being gone from home for 5 days, my carhaul job gets me home every other day or so. I also did not like sleeping in the truck, but Walmart pays you $44.00 a night laid over, so I payed for a room and used the $44.00 towards that and wrote off the entire amount on my taxes. Thus the room really didn't cost me anything. Walmart is an excellent place to drive for a living, they really treat their drivers well, but it wasn't for me due to the reasons I listed. However for most people it would be hard to beat, even with a lower quality insurance plan than Central States. I would go back there in a minute, when I retire, to work 2-3 days a week. They do have part time drivers who are usually retired. The DC I worked at had many former and retired Teamsters working there and all liked Walmart because they were treated with respect and paid well.
I make 85,000 a year now. With the cost of the benefits and extra out of pocket expenses with the insurance it didn't make sense to leave abf. For example 3 vials of my wife's insulin cost me 200 dollars because we have a max of 200. The total cost was 2600 dollar . I bet I would have paid way more than that with the Walmart insurance. She has insulin pump supplies, test strips etc. I have a 400 dollar deductible and don't pay a dime for my insurance. I also am treated well at abf and I am usually home same day or next day. I know Walmart is a good job, but in my case it just didn't make sense to give up 10 years at abf
If you like your job, then I would agree you are better off staying with ABF. Being home every other day or so was the deciding factor in me not staying there. The Teamster insurance is second to none. My wife is a Ford UAW Nurse and she is on my insurance because several of her regular prescriptions are much less than when she was on her plan.
I have been at walmart a few months now from YRC and I do know the prescr. coverage here is superior to the teamster plan now the health Ins. not sure yet but have filled plenty of scripts free at walmart pharmacy some at yrc rates were 15-30$
The largest corporation in the WORLD cannot compete ? or is it they wont?
Be happy you have something, a lot of people have nothing!!
I don't get the point with the insurance comparison between Wal Mart and teamsters insurance being the deciding factor as to which is the better job. If you are at the tip top of the board at a teamster company then you have a great position and leaving is probably not an issue to start with, but if you are not at the top of the board then Wal Mart is an option to consider. Having a $100,000 + a year job (that treats you good) with 350 dollars a month going out for insurance and a dollar-for-dollar company match on 401K with stock options is still better than a 60 to 80,000 dollar a year job with free insurance and a dead pension (at least in the central states region).
Agree with you there B. LTL is a very tough, and sometime aggravating experience. I have a Walmart DC a mile from my house and really want to apply but my wife will be more pissed off at me than she is usually with their schedule. 5.5 out and 3 off.
With a 6/3 you are out 5 nights. If you have a 5/2 you are only out 4.
You will make more money, be a happier and less stressed person, and have job security. Your wife will be surprised at the difference in you, and your happiness and excitement over the job will carry over to her.
Change the future wife. Lol! Sorry I had to.
Bingo, Driving days and sleeping nights...less stress . Just give her an allowance to spend while your gone.
You have to tell guy's that you have to work 14 hrs a day to make the money. So you will sleep REAL good at night!! lol
Is there a driving job without long hours...?
The one Factor you guys are leaving out with the Walmart health insurance plans is the Centers for excellence program. Every associate that enrolls in any of the Walmart health plan options is covered by that program at 100%. No deductible ,No copay ,No max out of pocket. For anything major like, Organ Transplant, Joint replacement, Heart/Brain surgery, Cancer etc etc . And Walmart pays for all travel and lodging expenses for you and the rest of your family to where these services are provided. Walmarts health insurance plans do carry a high Family only deductible but when you do a Total compensation analysis of everything offered you will take home more net income than the average LTL linehaul driver. plus you are working in the daytime and sleeping at night. I worked LTL for 20 years. had great health insurance, worked nights, usually did layovers 2 times a week. averaged 12.5 to 14 hrs each trip when you include total time spent at the terminal. 13 out of my 20 years spent wondering if I would get laid off in November. 10 years spent groveling and waiting by the phone for work. The worst part about Walmart is the 4 nights away from home. I will take that compromise over the LTL Meat Grinder any day of the week.
You need to look at how much time you actually spend away from home in the LTL world even if you get to be home every day doing turns. if your gate time is 8pm you must be at the terminal at least 1 hr before your gate time. then when you arrive back at your Terminal its another 1 to 1.5 hrs to fuel clean unload etc. on average if I did a 520 mile turn it would take 9.45 drive hours, 2.00 hrs unpaid time, .50 drop and hook swap time, .50 drop time at the terminal. that's 12.5 total hours from the time I get to the terminal until the time I get in the car and leave the terminal. then there is the commute to get home. the Math you are doing to justify your Biased point of view is not intellectually Honest. If you are at the top of the board at a LTL Linehaul board and can hold down a daylight turn then NO you should not consider leaving for any other driving job. but if you are still on nights grinding away in the middle to lower ranks then YES you should explore other options.