Experience with YRC ( includes YRC, New Penn, USF Reddaway and Holland

Discussion in 'YRC' started by ACH1130, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. ACH1130

    ACH1130 Road Train Member

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    I have decided to make this thread dedicated for everyone employed by YRC to share their experience with the company. Whether your a city driver or line-haul driver. It will be good to show anyone who is considering coming aboard what to expect and see the life of an employee. I will describe the life of a p/d new driver and hoping our road drivers will do the same(new and old)
     
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    Nakmuay Heavy Load Member

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    What's the payscale

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  3. ACH1130

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    In NY as a city driver it's 20.38 starting and tops out at about 24 something a hour after three years
     
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    skinnytrucker Heavy Load Member

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    Sorry I've been AWOL from here for so long. I didn't know this thread finally grew legs. I will get on here this weekend and try to help answer some of the questions that have been asked from so many. Good job ACH for starting this thread.


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  5. ACH1130

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    lol welcome back finally... i was ready to ask you where you been, ive tried answering all the questions to the best of my knowledge and then it hit me to make this thread. We can bring the YRC thread to life
     
  6. ACH1130

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    Life as a city driver for YRC

    I start at 8am everyday for shape up(means you all show up for work and they give out the time cards based on senority or if your early and someone is late.) Once you get your card, they will either give you a meeting or anything thats quick. You will walk into the dispatch office, punch in, and they will hand you your bills, truck/trailer number. Go to where ever your truck is and look at your freight. Then go and get your pallet jack and a hand truck. If theres anything you need or wanted moved around ask the inbound supervisor and tell him what you want and he will have someone go over and do it.

    After your ready to go, start up the truck, and look at your bills for the first stop you want to do or they have you do. Then pull out of the spot and do your PTI. (if you have a tt, 95% the yard switcher has already hooked up the truck for you) While doing that you punch in your info into the radio for your stops and loads. Once ready hit the enroute buttom and go to your first stop. While doing your deliveries you have the radio to contact back to base, and is even a phone.

    Throughout the day they will send you pickups, normally when you are close to being done or they will add more freight to your truck. You can take your ten minute break whenever, but for lunch you normally have to call the dispatcher and he will tell you whether to take 30, 60 or work through. If you work through you get paid that 1/2 overtime. And my last break I normally take at the end of the day, especially when I have a bit of a ride back to the yard

    Some stops will be liftgated, hitting docks, or even them coming out with a forklift. As you know your customers you will learn which is which, how they like it, what door they want you in etc.

    Also get used to being switched around EVERYWHERE. One day you will do this area, then diff the next. You will also get different trucks, majority of it being a straight truck( I really really hate driving them but I cant do anything about it yet, but can make good tips though). Normally you will get who ever is offs truck. What puzzles me is if a straight truck route guy calls out they can throw you onto it, but i its a tt route and you know the route like the back of your hand they still wont send you on it.

    Well thats basically the everyday thing as a city driver, I really hope either skinny or squonk will give their experience as a road driver since I havent gotten to do that yet...
     
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  7. ACH1130

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    Life as a dock worker

    I have only worked the inbound shift when I first started.

    Start at 1am. Go in and punch in, if its before the time your supposed to start they will not hand you work until after since they will have to pay you the full hour. Ok so the supervisor gives you bills. go to a forklift. You go to the trailer and break the seal and open it up. Now at my terminal we dont have any computers or scanners for the pros. I dont know if others do but Im sure the bigger terminals do. You will start taking freight out and will see the address on it. Match it to the bill and it will tell you whether what trailer it goes into or if its just getting docked for now. There are a lot of things to put onto the blades for the forkifts for different kinds of freight, like carpet, oil drums, long pieces with chains to hold a long heavy freight etc. At times you might need to recoop something .

    after two hours you get a break. (We've done anything from 15-30 min) Go back out and work for a few more hours. then its lunch(normally 30 min) Usually then the day guy comes in and hes on the dock still. Afte that you work another two hours, then its break again(if you finish within that time, you go into the lounge area and hang till your shift is up since another truck can come in) After that its the last stretch.

    Im sure outbound is pretty much the same just, having to stack freight, but otherwise probly same way with breaks and everything.

    The day guy who works 6am-2:30 has a decent shift, he basically sets up trailers, loads you up more freight gets other trucks ready, move stuff around etc. Im sure your still busy being by yourself(remember small terminal) since I once got back and there was three of us waiting to be loaded and he is there alone.

    Well thats the life of a dock worker, fairly easy going and management not rushing you like crazy like other places. Our inbound guy is pretty cool as long as you get the work done. Never worked when the dispatcher is covering it or work the outbound with night supervisor

    For all who are wondering its the same pay as a driver(Full time dock worker, and as a bottom guy for driving you might do this every so often)
     
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  8. ACH1130

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    Life as a yard switcher

    My yard has two shifts, the early morning and night. Basically both are the same, although our morning is busier

    After punching in the on duty supervisor will give you the moves for you to make. Using one of the yard trucks(we have three) you will move the trailers around. When a road driver comes in, you will break the set(if there is one), back his trailers in and will hook up his truck for him. But mostly doing yard moves, moving empties and loaded trailers. You get your break times normally when the dock guys do. But if there is no yard moves you get to stay inside the lounge area(remember im at a small terminal) \

    Now its getting close to start time for drivers, so the supervisor will hand you a list of trucks to hook, and you will hook up all the trucks.(Unless a road driver comes in then you do that first). after everyone is gone you will still be there just moving trailers around for a bit. Our day guy if needed will even do a quick delivery or pick-up if we are really behind but is always back in time before his hours are up

    Thats pretty much the life of a yard switcher. At times when the night guys out they have had me do some moves and switching for a few hours. Dont mind doing it and is a nice change of pace. The pay is the same as a driver
     
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    Life at Reddaway. Start at 40 cpm and 16+ per hour. I'm a line driver. Think it tops out at 52 cpm and 20+ per hour after 3 years. All benefits are paid for. From what I've been told, we usually get a .25 cpm raise every year regardless, I'll see if that's true. Pretty laid back job, management is really cool and super easy to get along with at my barn. Always hook our sets for us on the night runs. I like working nights the best. The only bad things I have to deal with are being on call and having to deal with the stupid chain laws out west where I live, no union. Those are minor imo and don't really bother me. Having a union would be a plus but I've always had bad luck with them. Pay could be better to start like maybe 45cpm but oh well. Other than that I don't deal with much except hauling the freight, log book and paper work. Hotels are nice, not great but better than sleeping in a truck, especially a moving truck! Looking forward to possibly getting a bid run in January, I hope anyway. I hear there is a chance of lay offs come winter I wasn't at Reddaway last winter but I heard there were lay offs at my yard.
     
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  10. ACH1130

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    hopefully you wont get laid off and will keep on working...
     
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