I have heard walmart pays the drivers very good pay and treats them with respect. The Teamsters want to think walmart is evil and their drivers shold be union while all the other lower paying companies like jbhunt, werner, covenant, swift....................................... get off the hook. Brown67, I was a teamster back in the 70's with preston and got laid off and know how you think. Dont brag about your job like your better then everyone else. UPS is a big joke in the fact that the union only helps a few out like the drivers, not the people sorting packages who also pay union dues. Dont be bigheaded about your job. I've done real good working at UPS freight/overnite and just retired. That doesnt make me a better person.
Wal-mart, Inc. - Bentonville, Ar.
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Walmart website accepts applications from drivers with 3+ years experience. From what I heard they have some of the best pay. Don't know much about the benefits. Hubby used to run dedicated for Walmart and said they were all great, even when he was running late.
I agree Walmart truck drivers do make great money and most love their jobs. Wish the rest of the workers did as well. Too bad Walmart is sub-contracting more and more of its truck driving to other companies and owner operators.
By the way I don't think I'm better than anyone else, but I do get tired of people running down unions. 9 times out of 10 you'll do better in a union as an employee than out of one. Does't mean we're perfect, just better off being represented.
Hey brisk, Walmart drivers may do well, but they are a dying breed. I'm afraid once Sam died the company has really lost site of its people. He thought truck drivers should be paid well, because they spent so much time away from home. 5 or 10 years from now I bet there won't be any walmart drivers anymore. It will all be contracted out to drivers like BearGator.
Now on the other hand UPS can't sub out our work. Protected by our contract. Still waiting for you to back up your statement about how our part-timers are treated so badly. Please give me just one non-union company that compensates its part-timers better than UPS.
Brown67, I used to want to go to work for UPS driving line-haul. Started out OTR in '93, so been around for a couple of years.
I go up to my local terminal (ICT) and they tell me that in order to get a job on line-haul with them, that I have to start out first working in the warehouse loading trucks, and then after they get done using me up for that, then I can move up into driving a local truck making local deliveries, and then after they get done using me up for that, then and when they decide- I may get to drive a line-haul truck for them (what, when I'm 98?)
They (the guy wearing the suit that looks like a mafioso character out of some cheesy movie) tell me that they don't hire line-haul drivers just off-the-street. Gotta work your way up......wtf?
Now am setting my sites on going over to walmart.:smt076
never heard of that before, i had a interview in indianapolis with a ups
recruiter for a feeder position. he said i would have to start out as a seasonal
employee with no benefits and that as a seasonal employee i would only
work 7 months during the year. 7 months split up into 2 seasons per year,
each of which you have to apply and are not guaranteed a position. any
accident of any type and you are fired. he talked of a guy he had as a
seasonal feeder driver that he planned on hiring this season(he had been a
seasonal driver for 6 years).
if and when you do get hired on, they do not guarantee days or hours per
week. you may not work 1 single day in a week or you may work the full
week. how long does this go on? who knows depends on who gets fired or
who retires dies.
i admit i would love to drive for UPS but i cannot make that kind of sacrifice
or take that kind of chance to MAYBE get a job.
I'm sure it's like most unionized shops. You have to work up through seniority. In our company, in Canada, some terminals have no shortage of people wanting to drive linehaul, so they move up from within. Other terminals, especially in Toronto, can't keep drivers, so you can be hired right off the street.
Our contract calls for the "senior qualified person" in bidding for a linehaul job. So if you are a new hire but have the license, you can get the job ahead of a senior person without the license. Providing you can pass the company road test of course.
It may seem backwards to have to do city before linehaul, but in the package delivery business, city work kills you. As people age they want to do something a little less stressful on the body. 120-140 stops a day takes it's toll on your knees and back. So as they get older and contemplate their working career, they decide maybe driving a tractor trailer at night isn't so bad an option, especially when they look at that nice pension at the end of it.
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