HELP! ABF FREIGHT or Local city public works

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Waybrady1, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Waybrady1

    Waybrady1 Bobtail Member

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    Hey i applied to abf as a city driver / dock here in baltimore (elk ridge md ) but was just curious will i have to work the dock a lot since I'm coming in with no seniority ?
    i honestly want to drive and not work the dock as much can someone help me out ?
    or should i take the job with my local public works as a truck driver . mon-fri job less pay more benefits
    I got both jobs just don't know what one to take ?
     
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  3. yessir

    yessir Medium Load Member

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    stick with the local public works for the benefits and ask for more hours there is no need to work the docks to work your way up at abf
     
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  4. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Heavy Load Member

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    At many ABF terminals you need significant seniority to be able to work the dock past training. This varies from terminal to terminal so you would need to talk to someone at that terminal to find out what would happen if you worked there.

    By the way..... did they tell you that you get no vacation until you have been there 2 years and you don't get a second week of vacation until you have been there 8 years? This will likely change in two years when the next contract is due.
     
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  5. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

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    i would take the public works position, and drive part time for some other carrier when i felt like it.
     
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Public works all the way. You have to like kill someone to get fired from PW job, and they do not work hard.
     
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Given those options, I'd take the Public Works job.

    The pay may be less, but the benefits should be better.
     
  8. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

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    Up here public works is usually a grandfathered gig, that is you need to know someone or have family in the works dept. The job openings are gone months before they are posted. Take the pw
     
  9. KMac

    KMac Road Train Member

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    Had a friend that tried ABF P&D position. He was essentially a fill in, if everyone was in that day, he didn't work. He didn't stay long.
     
  10. Voorhees84

    Voorhees84 Light Load Member

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    I hope you're seeing the trend here . Take the public works job .
     
  11. w.h.o

    w.h.o Road Train Member

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    Public work, over here it's hard to get in to. You have to know somebody who know somebody who played poker with the brother in law step son who 2nd grade teacher know the boss to get in
     
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