My Saia update

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  1. USMC 3531

    USMC 3531 Medium Load Member

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    Well I hit two years with Saia, and overall I am pretty happy, my top scale pay kicked in and i am still holding down a bid right now with intentions of bidding the bid if and when the time comes, I ended up at .6850cpm/$27.20 hr for top scale, different locations may vary, but in the AZ that's where we sit at, the run is a meet with two vias, 2690 miles a week, and accumulates 7.50 hours in work time for drop and hooks each week, comes up to a gross of $2046 a week and a net of $1507 , home every day, only real issue is the hours are long due to loading delay at via terminal, if that can ever get fixed the run will be perfect.
     
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  3. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    Saia’s draw to me is my seniority following me. I am considering bumping back to line with the ambition of finding a location with daytime runs in 5 years when I move from this excrement hole of the northeast.
     
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  4. USMC 3531

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    One thing to keep in mind though, yes your company seniority will always follow you on transfers that is true, BUT if you transfer and do a department transfer at the same time you will go to the bottom and have to work your way up from there, example let's say you are p&d and transfer to another terminal into p&d, you will go to the bottom when you start there, but next rebid your company seniority will dictate your board seniority, now if you are p&d and transfer to another terminal to take a linehaul position then you go to the bottom of the board and start there, and then work your way up the board from there, best thing to do if that is your plan, is to do your department transfer from p&d to linehaul as soon as possible at this terminal you are hiring on to, just food for thought.
     
  5. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    So, are there set guidelines on when a barn rebids, or is it on a "someone retires or is excrement canned" basis?
     
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    It's supposed to be once every year, I think the month of rebid varys terminal to terminal though.
     
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  7. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

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    @USMC 3531 im subscribed to your thread hope you keep updating on your Saia journey.
     
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  8. road_runner

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    How is that DFC affecting the drivers at Saia? I heard they only got those cameras in linehaul trucks and that something as little as reaching for a drink will set it off. Also another rumor around the mill is that there are some pretty severe consequences if they catch you doing something you shouldn't on those cameras.

    Obviously this is all truck stop talk. So I kinda want to hear it from the horses mouth. But Saia and Sysco are the two that I hear the worst things about.
     
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  9. USMC 3531

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    Ok this is really what's really going on, all the trucks that had the original foward facing only cameras which was 2012 models and older are retired or on there way out to retirement, from 2013 to 2018 models, all those models had what I call the Drivecam cameras installed in them, and all trucks have them not just linehaul only, mainly because p&d uses linehaul trucks so they do have a camera on them, the only exception are team trucks, they have the exact same camera, but the DFC lens is capped and only films foward only, this is for privacy purposes, there is a good portion of couples that run team here, the drivecams are the more sensitive cameras, they will go off when hitting bumps or even hooking to trailers, those are the cameras that bust the most employees, in 2019 and newer models, the new LYTX camera was installed and while they can be triggered it takes alot to do so, so they rarely record.
     
  10. Cardfan89

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    We have drive cam branded dfc that rarely go off except hitting big potholes or hooking up trailers. Also a third party company reviews all the recorded "incidents " and only sends our boss the ones that need "coaching".
     
  11. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    So while I haven't started with Saia yet until next week, I addressed this with the TM that hired me. His response was basically that short of having a phone in your hand, driving aggressively/tailgating or not having at least one hand on the wheel that he couldn't care less. He wants freight moved. Eat/drink if you want/need to but don't be an idiot about it (I never understood this but someone recently said don't make a salad while driving and then it clicked what he meant).
     
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