Does Anybody Know Anything About Auto Truck Transport?

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by Whyte Trashe, May 2, 2019.

  1. Whyte Trashe

    Whyte Trashe Light Load Member

    Was just wondering; I’m receiving emails from them every day.
    Looks like a pretty good gig, delivering brand new Freightliners to dealers across the states and Canada. Upon delivery, you’re flown back on the company dime to do it all over again, unpaid of course.
    It’s a union job so the company pays all your health insurance as well as a company paid pension.
    Drawbacks with the union would be that the guys with the lowest seniority always get canned first.
    I live literally 10 miles from the Cleveland, N.C. yard.
    Does anybody work for this company or know anything about it?
    Thank you!
     
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    Interesting handle you have there. I retired (health related) from ATT not long ago and the last person in our hiring class left late last year. Class 8 truck sales are down 57% from a year ago so they're probably not moving alot of trucks now. No need rehashing the obvious; a lengthy ATT thread buried on page 24 in this category and a number of threads pertaining to ATT-truck haul are buried here and in the 'Bad Trucking Companies' and the related 'Inside Info' category of 'Good & Bad Trucking Companies'.

    Spoke to a fellow at a shopping center in recent months who remembered me and called out. We spoke for several minutes and apparently nothing has changed. He related how the current driver's contract may be the worst ever. He's sticking it out for the very good union health plan and retirement plan, and he's "too old to start over'. I have mixed memories, appreciated the opportunity extended to me and completely happy to be done with it.
     
  3. Whyte Trashe

    Whyte Trashe Light Load Member

    Thanks for your reply.

    Interesting, your comment about truck sales being down so much from last year; if I may ask, where did you get your new truck sales information? Of course, recruiting told me quite the opposite. In fact, according to the information related to me via recruiting, truck sales are actually backlogged for up to a year; companies that are ordering new trucks actually have to wait this long before receiving a new truck. As a result, there is a big push to “hire hundreds of new drivers”; direct quote.

    Of course, I take it all in with considerably more than a grain of salt. ‘They’ want some meat in the seat in a big way and quickly. I do know the ‘economy’ is teetering and things could go south at anytime; truck sales would be affected severely. In fact, a serious recession would likely bring most new truck sales to abyssmal levels, perhaps even to near zero.

    When you say that there is no need to rehash the obvious, what exactly is the obvious? Would you recommend ATT to anyone and if not, why? Good to hear that you had some decent opportunities during your tenure there but I’m also catching a dual meaning regarding your judgements via your message.

    My biggest concern would be that in a year (or less), being one of the lowest seniority drivers, the layoffs would be inevitable. Having worked as a Union commercial painter for 30 years, I know quite a bit about how it all works; industry type matters little. I promised myself that I will never place myself into a position where layoffs are likely again.

    Of course, I realize that the future is guaranteed to no one but still.....
     
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    Thanks again, Hours.
    Yes, I dug up the ATT thread. Very interesting.
    There are way too many negative posts all consistantly saying the same things.
    All a dealbreaker for me; not a chance would I ever work there.
    Thanks for saving me from grief.
     
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    It was a great job 20+ years ago, especially when it was all IBT represented, only a couple of large carriers and everyone worked under the same work rules-contract. No real turnover and you basically had to know someone to get in. A guy out of Wisconsin with no trucking industry experience whatsoever, came in and bought up the major truck haulers. He created ATT out of thin air, invited in the IAMAW and began switching over work from his IBT companies to his newly formed IAM company.

    The 'social engineering' started first with 'diversity and inclusion at all costs' (mid '90s) with contract concessions by the mid 2000s. It gets more complicated with the creation of the in house broker Pleasant Prairie Logistics in 2011, who began giving the IAM work away to outside, non-union contractors. Driver Pay has stagnated for about 15 years although Shop Pay has seen consistent increases. No big secret management wants to get rid of the company drivers, but they can't muster up enough outside contractors to get the job done. When I first started, the 2003 contract had just gone into effect, probably the last positive contract for the drivers despite major revisions to the pension plan that year.

    Drivers have received no real raises since, and the IAMNPF (pension fund) recently announced it is 'having some problems'. The pension and medical plan kept many old timers around despite the stagnant pay. We know they are hoping the USDOT will allow Mexican Drivers full access to North America/Canada and their prayers will be answered as the majority of DTNA (Freightliner) production is 'Made in Mexico'. That's it in a nutshell.
     
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  7. Whyte Trashe

    Whyte Trashe Light Load Member

    What a sham... and a shame.

    A couple of weeks ago, I took a drive over to the Cleveland yard just to kind of feel things out. I spoke to a few guys waiting for their next assignment. Most guys were understandably wary of who the heck I was and why I was asking questions. One fellow though was nice enough to answer most of my questions. He has been working for ATT for 14 years and he told me his average pay is around $750.00 bucks a week. This is a far cry from the “Average pay of $70,000- $75,000” so blatantly advertised in the company emails that are being generated. This fellow was not pleased with his situation and he told me that he can’t wait to leave.

    I guess I’ll keep my current job delivering for Food Lion.
     
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    Many weeks, drivers won't even see $500, often less, with many living from one cash advance to the next. $50k - $55k would be an excellent year, but one would have to stay on the road constantly. ATT ruined truckhaul, and they were (and still are) considered 'the best' truck hauler to work for. How low will it go.....
     
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