It's definitely two entirely separate companies. Unless something has changed which it very well could have in the last year or so, you are allowed to transfer between TL and Freight. There was a memo posted at the Freight terminals about it a while back.
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Well I've made the move I did not want to have to make. After getting beat up in the 1980's hostling units they run here I gave notice and have just completed my first week with Praxair.All I can say is what a difference! I really didn't mind the hostling bid but the equipment did me in. Apparently since we have a big shop and service equip from the region and Canada they let their yard dogs go to hell. Not once did I get even three full shifts in before it was put out of service. I was diagnosed with an inflamed sciatic(sp) nerve that took me off the job and rendered me unable to function for 5 wks. I returned and went into my personal supervisors office to see about going back on the flex board but was told I could not move till bid time.I handed him my 2 wk notice and told him and H.R. I would not be working that last 2 weeks.Started w/Prax exactly 2 wks from the notice.Didn't want to do anything but leave so I did not file for workmans comp or even use the co. insurance to pay for the doctor and P.T. visits.This cost me $1500. but will not be reflected going forward.This week the same affliction has been diagnosed from my buddy, the M-F hostler, and they quickly moved him over to the flex board.Hmmm...
Hope all is well with you and yours and Conway keeps you happy.
Signing off, Dennixx
I'm seeing a lot of repetitive questions, so i'm going to try to clarify all of the areas that somebody might ask about:
City driver (local P&D): makes pickups and deliveries at local businesses and occasionally residential, and works the dock when he/she isn't driving. Generally you will make your deliveries first, so that you will have room for your pickups. P&D drivers will never go outside a range of 100mi from the terminal.
Linehaul: The idea of linehaul is to take all the city freight, consolidate it down to the least amount of trailers, and move it all as far from your terminal as possible, while still being able to make it back to your home terminal without going over the legal driving limit of 11 hours. Linehaul drivers meet an an FAC, exchange loads, and drive it back to be divided up between the city drivers for delivery.
FAC: also known as a re-ship. this is basically an oversized terminal where linehaul drivers meet to exchange loads.
Dock: Every driver city or linehaul will work the dock. City drivers will either unload linehaul trailers in the morning (inbound), or they will load the linehaul trailers at night (outbound). Linehaul drivers will work the dock when they get to the FAC.
Flexboard: The flex board consists of the drivers at the bottom of the seniority list, the reason it exists is to ensure that there will always be somebody to fill in for sick days, vacations, or a rare saturday delivery.
Via: a via is when a linehaul driver has to stop at another terminal to pick-up or drop-off a load on the way to/from an FAC.
Apprentice: The apprentice program is there for people that DO NOT have a license. Drivers will take you out driving and teach you the maneuvers you will need to learn for the test. From the time you start as an apprentice you have 90 days to obtain the license (barring scheduling conflicts). As an apprentice you work the dock, and get paid about ⅔ of what you would make as a driver. People with a license, but with no experience will not be eligible for the program, they will have to apply as a regular driver.
feel free to add anything i'm missing, i'm aiming to make this the go-to thread for people with question, so they don't have to search so hard for answers.Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
Good explanation of the job in general. The only things I would add are city drivers and all time on the dock is hourly and line-haul is mileage while driving and hourly for drop/hook, dock, fuel, and breakdown.
It depends on the terminal but I used to make it as far as 150 miles away when I was in the city - minimum of 130 miles to the area I peddled. It was not uncommon for me to run 350 or more miles per day here as a city driver.
wow, now i see why you went to line-haul. Probably close to the same # of miles, only now you get paid for them... At my terminal, our designated area doesn't put anyone outside of 100mi, i thought all terminals were designed that way so that city guys wouldn't have to keep a log. But, you learn something new everyday.
Haha.. The crazy thing was even though I drove a minimum of 130 miles one way to the town I peddled, it was less than 100 air miles so no log required.
That terminal was one the 40 that were closed a few years back and that's why I now run line-haul. I went to one of the terminals our work was being given to and never liked it. Last November we had some really good transfer options with seniority and now I'm here.
Still miss the one that was closed but I sit pretty well here running night line-haul. had I bid day line-haul first I would actually be the last bid driver on it right now. I'll always remember my 5 years at that terminal fondly but now I'll just take a night run and make as much cash as possible right..
There is con-way truckload, which is different from the con-way freight division that we're all at... these 2 divisions hardly ever coincide, i don't think i've ever met a truckload driver. You can apply for the truckload division in the career section of the website, i believe the options go: 1) LTL driver 2) truckload driver and 3) all other on the right side of the page... take a look and see what you find. Good luck.
I have being following this and other treads on Conway, and so far I have heard very little negative. I am currently working for CCC (subsidiary of Com-car, not crete) and though I am Happy with the people and the work, I am very unhappy with the pay and benefits, to have medical will cost me 1/4 my monthly pay with a huge deductible, needles to say, we dont have medical coverage, not a sustainable situation. because of my family situation, ( I take care of my daughter) I cant go OTR, so LTL is my best option, I do a search in Florida, all areas and in NY, and NJ, and I only see 1 job posted in Miami, not an option for my , My home is in North East FL , and 1 job in Buffalo again too far from family i might be able to move with.
I read on this forum about every one at Con-way being so busy and moving up because of all the new hires, and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong searching, or if there is some other way to find an LTL position in the area I am interested in. ( Jacksonville FL would be my first choice). I would appreciate any assistance.Thank you.
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