OTR Drivers - Here's the truth.

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  1. Angies427rs

    Angies427rs Bobtail Member

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    TL;DR: Floyd Blinsky Trucking is awesome, come work for us.

    Floyd Blinsky Trucking, Inc.
    Yakima, WA 98901

    Apply online at www.blinsky.com or give me a call or text at 509-969-0084 to see if we're a good fit for you. You can also email me at angie@blinsky.com or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BlinskyRecruiting).

    Some of this might sound good to you, some not so good. But, I'm guessing you just want the truth, no spins, no BS, so here we go.

    What kind of drivers do we hire?

    OTR refrigerated drivers (WA to mid-west*), Local/Regional refrigerated drivers (must live in the Yakima Valley), and Local/Regional Flatbedders (must live in the Yakima Valley).

    *Best areas for home time for our OTR drivers: Yakima, WA; Indianapolis, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Chicago, IL.

    What we look for in a driver
    We want someone who cares. Cares about the customer, the equipment, safety, their co-workers, themselves, and the company. Someone who knows what it takes to be a real truck driver and understands that the world of trucking isn't black and white, but all kinds of hues of crazy sometimes. We want someone who can drive a manual transmission truck in a world of automation (although we do have automatics as well. We want someone who will talk to us about how things are going, where we can improve, and what is awesome.

    Safety
    We expect our drivers to operate safely at all times. Our Inspection Selection Score is 32 as of this week and BASICs Score are great! Feel free to look at our scores here! Safety Measurement System - Overview (U.S. DOT# 328687)

    Pay
    We aren't the highest mileage rate out there. We know you can find other companies that pay more per mile. If you have 4+ years experience, you'll be paid 40 cpm (8 cpm per diem is included in that). You can also earn a 2 cpm bonus which is paid on a monthly basis!

    I'm not going to sit here and try to convince you that you will make more money here than anywhere else, but we do get quite a few return drivers who have accepted higher mileage rates and come back because they don’t get the miles they are promised and end up making less.

    Your checks will be on-time and won't bounce. If there is an error on your check, we will fix it.

    Days on the Road and Home time

    Our drivers average 8-12 days on the road each round (some runs are longer, some are shorter). For those who live nearby, they can go home after each round, or recap and keep running. For drivers who live far away from our terminal, we work with them to find a solution for home time.

    We operate on a “34 and out” policy. Basically, once you’ve done your 34 off, we need you to be ready to go back out unless you've made pre-arrangements with us. A lot of times our drivers have 48+ hours off, but there are times we need to get the truck moving. And yes, we work with our drivers ahead of time to try to give them more time if that’s what they want or need.

    We work hard to get you home when you want to be home. Does it happen every, single time? I’d be lying if I said yes, but I can tell you that our dispatchers do everything they can to get our drivers home when they need to be home.

    Healthcare Benefits
    We have some darn pretty good benefits including medical, dental, vision, life/accidental death/dismemberment. We pay 75% of the employee’s premium for medical (our employees pay about $125 a month)). Dental, vision are paid in full by our employees. We provide $25,000 life and accidental death/dismemberment to all our employees and you can buy up to $100k of coverage with no medical exam (or even more with a medical exam).

    Retirement

    Our 401k plan is better than most. We offer 100% match up to 4% of your eligible earnings that you contribute. That in itself is great, but we also offer our plan at 90 days. Other companies have plans where you have to wait for a year or more.

    Equipment Maintenance
    Our equipment, both tractors and trailers, go through rigorous preventative maintenance. Every tractor and trailer is meticulously maintained so there are as few problems as possible out on the road. When a major issue happens, we have a huge network of shops that take care of us quickly so we can minimize your downtime. (And yes, we pay breakdown pay when on the road).

    We have a very talented group out in our shop who take pride in keeping our drivers on the road without as few breakdowns as possible.

    What it’s like to work here
    You are going to be expected to get loads delivered on time and use your hours wisely. You’ll also be expected to recap your hours when you can. You will sometimes do a “turn”, meeting up with someone else and taking their load back to the mid-west before you get to the yard. Other times, you might have to wait an extra day to get loaded. You'll be expected to come into the office when you get back to the yard so we can have some "face time" with you... we like to give everyone the opportunity to talk about how things went and how you are doing, check in for with the Wood Shed (our compliance department), check to make sure everything is good. We are very much like a family and we do our best to take care of each other. We sometimes bicker, but in the end, we all have each other’s backs.


    TL;DR: Floyd Blinsky Trucking is awesome, come work for us.


    Floyd Blinsky Trucking, Inc.
    Yakima, WA 98901

    Apply online at www.blinsky.com or give me a call or text at 509-969-0084 to see if we're a good fit for you. You can also email me at angie@blinsky.com or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BlinskyRecruiting).
     
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  3. Pete jockey

    Pete jockey Medium Load Member

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    Out 12 days off for 34hrs?
     
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  4. Angies427rs

    Angies427rs Bobtail Member

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    A lot of the time our drivers are off for 2 days, but I'd rather give worst case scenario than best! :) We do our best to work with our drivers to ensure they have the home time they need and want.
     
  5. Snakeschasingcars

    Snakeschasingcars Heavy Load Member

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    Im confused. 34 hr n out policy but run 8-12 days...

    You lost me at taking 34 hr after 8-12 days... 34 is to set 8 day 70hr clock...

    If one is taking a 34 effectivly than it should be every 7 days.. 5 days at 12hrs 1day at 10hrs and reset as you have no more hrs left... Dont see the point on randomly taking 34hr reset 8 to 12 days... That would mean u run on recaps and the whole taking 34hr randomly seems silly.
     
  6. Surfer Joe

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    That $125.00 that employee pays for medical...... is that for a single person? If so, how much would an employee need to pay monthly for him/herself, a spouse, and two kids?
     
  7. Angies427rs

    Angies427rs Bobtail Member

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    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I somehow didn't realize it was here. $125.00 is for medical only for the employee. The rate for full family is over $1200 a month (full rate is paid by the employee for dependents).
     
  8. Angies427rs

    Angies427rs Bobtail Member

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    Well, it works for our drivers and they get the miles... they do run on recap many times, but not every time.
     
  9. Snakeschasingcars

    Snakeschasingcars Heavy Load Member

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    I highly doubt that about the miles. 1st off all of it is reefer loads... 2500 miles is the norm week. Its why you run on recaps you dint have the miles to run out the 70... In 6 days..

    .40 cpm only if you have 4+ years experiance...

    Your 401k looks good untill you figure 4% of nothing is not a whole lot...

    Basically drivers sitting at shipers recievers or truck stops at a average 16 hrs a day and only earning/driving on 8 hrs...on average day In 24hr period. So looks like average of $160 a day. Give or take 20... Thays your too 4+ year experianced driver.

    No thanks. Bad pay & horrible home time. And a lot of free work...
     
  10. TomPak

    TomPak Bobtail Member

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    .40 cpm is too low for
    1. Refrigerated
    2. and drivers with 4+ years experience.
     
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  11. Angies427rs

    Angies427rs Bobtail Member

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    I guess my drivers must be feeding me a line of bull.
     
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