IWX Motor Freight

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  1. Powder Joints

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    I think it was 2500 minimum, long time ago.
     
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    Was not anything weird about my orientation, but it was at Kingman, They ask me to pickup a tractor/trailer that was loaded at the Giant T/S in Mojave (close to my home.) So I did Picked it up around 3:00 am It was in really good condition , and was sitting in the inspection bay Kingman at 8:00am. The driver had a personal emergency and needed to go home, still friends with the driver. Counted as my test drive, they verified my information, watched the videos, and took the same tractor trailer and headed to Indiana with them. That was the week of 9/11 or I would not remember it so well.

    Got diverted to the Springfield yard, Steve Coulter meet me in the inspection bay, Welcomed me to IWX and ask if I could take a Red Cross load to NYC, Told him sure,took the Suburban up to a great buffet restaurant near the yard came back slept for about 5 hours and took off for NYC, being a disaster load it was exempt from DOT Reg's or so I was told, IWX also issued me a full respirator there in Springfield, and I was instructed to drop the trailer and bobtail back to Columbus OH drop yard pick up a preload and take it to Edinburgh IN. And that was my start there.

    I have often times wished I stayed put, always made good money, never really had a problem running the 2500, I like to run 3000 to 3500 per week. They do expect drivers to get down the road..
     
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  4. Frank Speak

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    I can’t speak to the legality in this particular case but, in general, an employee can lose benefits if they go from full time to part time status. It appears that’s what this company is doing if the driver doesn’t meet what, in their estimation, is full time mileage.

    Pretty crappy if you ask me, whether it’s legal or not.
     
  5. mathematrucker

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    Yep on both counts. Steve Coulter probably resents providing benefits to his drivers, so he weasels the system by cooking up a definition of "part-time employee" for OTR drivers paid by the mile that he figures will stand up in court if a driver ever tries suing him.

    That the policy irritated me so much had nothing to do with how many miles I like to run. It had everything to do with my benefits (the way our system is set up in America I have no qualms about calling them "my" benefits by the way, because they are) being used as a bargaining chip by a slimy employer.
     
  6. Frank Speak

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    Well, I hope you’re in a better situation now. I think we’ve all probably worked for some scumbag outfit in our career at some point. It sucks!
     
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  7. buckmanmike

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    If the miles are available, 9000 a month is easy. 300 miles a day.
     
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    And if you only work 5 days a week, thats 480 miles aday. What are you complaining about. Im sure your company subsidises your insurance. They expect performance for the benefits THEY pay for. No work, no bennies. I see nothing wrong here.
    As I sit in my deer camp cabin while taking a month off from work and prepaying all my insurances.
    The rewards of teaming running almost 5800/ week in 5 days.
     
  9. Grouch

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    I left one of those "scumbag outfit" back in August of last year. It is astonishing the numbers of lowlife crooks that are in the trucking business. But it all started when "de-regulation" came along , along with the busting of unions.
     
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  10. mathematrucker

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    So Quentin Tarantino offers you a great job with the one minor caveat that if you don't make 9000 miles in any prescribed 4-week period he has to cut off your little pinky. Sounds to me like you'd take that job in a heartbeat (for after all, "9000 a month is easy").

    One (but not the only) problem is the "if the miles are available" part. I like to run plenty of miles. I never missed Marten's mileage bonus once in the ten years I was there. It just required 30K every 3 months, which was easy for me since I had great dispatchers. Also, 3 months gives you a lot more time than one month to catch up if you happen to be falling behind.

    Thing was, at Marten they didn't hang losing your benefits over your head if you didn't make the bonus. It was just a friggin bonus, not a threat to screw you out of your rights as a full-time employee.
     
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  11. Grouch

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    Trucking like other businesses and farming comes first into my mind, they were once family owned but now corporations "rule the roost". When I see an ad for drivers with "family owned" or "we are Christians", I know to steer clear, because those statements do not mean what they once meant.
    Being from around Charlotte, as a young man I remember Carolina Freight, Akers, Johnson, Central, Pilot, McLean and the list goes on. All were owned by individuals and their families. Drivers were union, the companies took care of their employees. Great benefits. But then, "De-Regulation" came along and these companies are history today, either gobbled up by some corporation or just shut the doors because companies such as JB or Swift were cutting rates so much that the companies could not survive.
     
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