Day rate pay with overtime

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  1. PRtruckers

    PRtruckers Bobtail Member

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    I just started a new job driving a garbage truck with a local company. I had been OTR for ten years and always planned on going local eventually so I finally had the opportunity to get off the road.
    The job was listed as day rate at $800/wk. However, during the interview, the division manager told me that they paid overtime. He said it wouldn't be time and a half but that we " would get paid something" and that it started after 40 hours in the week. Never having had a day rate job and not being familiar with how that works, I made the assumption that it would be straight pay. My first week was all orientation stuff and I worked 43 hours. My second week ( and this seems like it will be the norm) I worked 65 hours. I just got my pay check for the first week and they only paid me $9.00 /hr for the overtime. Is this normal???
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    At least you got something, farmers don’t have to, and won’t pay any overtime, they are exempt, I’ve worked all week be around 120 hours and for $4-500.
    They still pay you % as a driver, and your not a farm worker, but since you work for a farmer, he can do that.
    Just shuffle paperwork.
    Oh, and did I mention farmers don’t pay state taxes on you?
    End of year you’ll owe $1000- $1200
     
  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    When they refuse to tell you pay at orientation, you know it's because they are trying to give it to you in the backside.
    Move on to a company that values your time.
     
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    Judge Road Train Member

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    You still made $1025, and was home every night. $800/week plus $9/hour for 25 hours.
     
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  6. iceman32

    iceman32 Medium Load Member

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    800/40 = $20/hr

    $9/hr overtime? Document this because you’re getting screwed over.

    Ovetime is Original rate x 1.5. They should be paying you $30hr+
     
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  7. PRtruckers

    PRtruckers Bobtail Member

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    I DO know how to do math....thanks! But $225 for the hardest hours of the week is kind of a slap in the face compared to the $500 it would be for straight pay. I'm not driving 500-600 miles on an interstate twiddling my thumbs all day. This is picking up garbage with 200+ stops a day in city traffic.
     
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  8. PRtruckers

    PRtruckers Bobtail Member

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    This is a CDL driving job...we're not subject to the same rules as normal, non DOT jobs. You're on a truckers forum, you should know this.
     
  9. Crude Truckin'

    Crude Truckin' Road Train Member

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    Then why are you on here complaining about not getting regular overtime?
     
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  10. Roguefox

    Roguefox Light Load Member

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    What state do you live in?
     
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  11. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    Overtime? In trucking? :laughing-guffaw:
    The only "overtime" is, "over time", you'll realize there is no such thing.
     
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