ABF Driver Training Program

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Jay2021, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. Jay2021

    Jay2021 Bobtail Member

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    I recently got a call from ABF and was told I was hired for their driver development program which would lead to a city driving position. Their next class is in January, so it's a 3 1/2 month wait. I have a couple of other offers and wanted to know if anyone could shed some light on ABF as a company, the union, working conditions, and so on.

    First, the company said the school is 4 weeks long and is at the casual rate 8 hrs per day times 5 days per week. After that, the recruiter said I'd make the "full scale" wage here as a city driver. From what others have said, though, it looks like they want you to work as a casual for a certain amount of time and that based on my call to a service center, the union never allows people to walk into a city driving position. Does anyone know if people are starting at scale right out of the training program or working as casuals for a certain amount of time, and how long?

    Second, the company said they were starting people out at full scale wage instead of 90% or 95%. Does this sound right for current circumstances? My other options are offering less per hour, but there's no uncertainty as to when you're starting your job - you're working straight out of school and there's no casual period. Over time, earnings are about the same, but the work with the others seems to be for the true masochist (rotating shifts, backbreaking labor). I'm looking forward to this opportunity with a good company, but want to make sure I'm getting the right info.
     
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  3. sventvkg

    sventvkg Light Load Member

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    Do You have your CDL already? Where are you located? I just applied near me in FL. It said they are they are looking for people and even though you may not have 1 year driving, they may hire for their training program so we'll see. Whats the starting salary? Good luck man!
     
  4. Jay2021

    Jay2021 Bobtail Member

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    No CDL. I'd be starting brand new but not sure about what happens when you get your license. Mixed takes: some say you'd start as a casual for a few weeks while others say straight to union scale. It'd be good to get the details straight from the horse's mouth, if you know what I mean!
     
  5. sventvkg

    sventvkg Light Load Member

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    Well I applied here and they told me I don’t meet the minimum one year qualifications for driving. Such a bummer everyone’s able to get these jobs pretty much a bunch of other places but not down here in Florida. Good luck man.
     
  6. Bob Dobalina

    Bob Dobalina Road Train Member

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    Maybe ask on this other forum: ABF Freight System

    If it is a dock to driver program you will want to get some coveralls and prepare for some very cold conditions on an unheated dock if you plan on starting in January. The ABF drivers on that other forum might have more specific information on what their training program entails.
     
  7. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Medium Load Member

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    What terminal are you going to be working out of?
     
  8. mud23609

    mud23609 Medium Load Member

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    Take the job. Yeah, you might be a casual for a while and have some small paychecks, but if you put in your time you will end up with one of the best paying gigs in the industry.
     
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  9. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Medium Load Member

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    ABF is paying $10,000 and even $15,000 hiring bonuses in some cases if you have a CDL. In many cities they are paying outside companies to deliver their freight using rental straight trucks with drivers that do not have CDLs. I am told that this is at considerable expense and is why they are willing to take on the expense of training drivers while paying them to get their CDLs.
     
  10. Jay2021

    Jay2021 Bobtail Member

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    Nevermind - turned down the job when they said they wanted an indenture agreement for 2 years and their answers to other questions were unclear. Surprising they'd want an indenture given the shortage, but that likely means there are several companies that don't require a contract and I'll be looking into those.
     
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  11. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    Thats a shame, you just shortchanged yourself out of making a decent wage with great insurance while earning your CDL and having all of your endorsements paid for.
     
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