Between a union gig or JB Hunt?

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  1. CruiseRed

    CruiseRed Bobtail Member

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    Recent CDL grad trying to make the right choice on where to work.
    I've landed a union t/t job working night shift but I’m also working with a recruiter from JB Hunt.

    I'm trying to get some wisdom here on which route anyone with experience would suggest.
    I read the reviews for Hunt on the forum and there wasn't anything good on there.

    Is it true? Is JB Hunt not worth going OTR with?
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Can't beat the union health insurance for the driver and family.
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    Do you need to be home a lot with the family?
    Where are you located?
    Do you have endorsements?
     
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  4. CruiseRed

    CruiseRed Bobtail Member

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    Just moved to Vegas.
    I need to see my family once a week for a couple days starting off.
    Air breaks, Doubles Triples
    Unfortunately I lack experience being that I've only got 3 months with my class a
     
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    OK, neighbor, I'm in Henderson.
    I'll try to help you find something.
    I just posted for another driver in Vegas this morning. I'll find that and get back to you. He's a new grad and all I posted is local stuff that hires new cdl school grads.
     
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  7. ZVar

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    Is this a real question?
     
  8. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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    What is Hunt offering that you can't get or is better than the Union gig?

    The reasons I can see to not stick with the union gig are:
    You do not like the union culture/work environment
    You do not like the night shift (and there is no possibility of switching to days in the near future).
    Longer term would be how recession proof is the company you are working for
    Are you young enough to put in enough years to get pension benefits.

    Assuming you can see yourself working union gigs long enough to get a pension, can tolerate the bureaucracy, and the work looks like it won't dry up in the next recession, Why would you want to go any other way?
     
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  9. rockeee

    rockeee Light Load Member

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    I would go talk to the drivers at the union shop and ask that question, see what they have to say. Just because it's Teamsters (I'm assuming), you still might be on the hook for some medical premiums. How big is the operation and how good is the Local? How much is the union dues? Many drivers retiring soon? Talk to some J.B. drivers if you can also. If it was apples to apples I would say union job. (Edit added this) If you need to be home a couple days a week then I don't think anything OTR would work for you unless it's some sort of dedicated run, or maybe even regional.
     
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  10. Six9GS

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    Personally, I'm a Unionist. Although my current company isn't Union, my previous job, different occupation, was Union. I ended up holding about every position in my local they have except for Treasurer.
    So, I recommend the Union gig!! Also, if you go that route, get involved with the Union as much as you can. It's a good way to be of service to your fellow employees.
     
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  11. CruiseRed

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    Awesome recommendation
     
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