Stay away from Wellert Trucking LLC!!!

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  1. YardieTubbs305

    YardieTubbs305 Bobtail Member

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    I posted part of the story I'm about to tell you in a recent thread asking for a piece of advice from some of our experienced gear jammers so for any of you who answered my distress signal last please disregard the repeat. But.....

    I had a incident last week at a Petro in Louisiana. I did my Post-Trip Inspection before entering into my Sleeper. The next morning I was performing my Pre-Trip and noticed a part of my trailer frame just below my DOT Tape was damaged as to say someone side swiped me maybe cutting to hard pulling out. I reported the incident to my Boss with pictures and was told I'd have to do a Post-Incident Urine, BAC, and Hair Test which is understandable. Best part of the story is, it was my 1st week running solo was told by my Boss to return to terminal to drop load for another driver, do my post incident testing and that my pay wouldn't be affected. Now its Friday and of course I wasn't paid the 2nd portion of my sign on bonus and wondering about my pay for the loads I ran along with the boss being rude, saying the damage was $3000 and he would have to talk to his partners about the situation until I could get my pay. This has been my introduction to the trucking industry. Story gets even better I woke to an email from my Boss who informed me that because of damages to the trailer (and now the truck steer tires which I informed him about prior to this.) He was terminating my employment and that the first portion of my sign on bonus of $1000 would be sufficient enough payment for my duties. Meaning I will not be paid the $500 for my 1st week of training. My 2 loads I ran equaling $750 and the $40 I spent on Scale Tickets would not be reimbursed. This comes after not receiving adequate training i.e. 1 week of training. And after I informed him that the tractor had multiple issues such as a driver door that would not lock which risked my safety, a City and Air horn that did not function, and a transmission that was slipping. I have ultimately been penalized for their lack of foresight and training. That is why I would not suggest this company to any prospective employee or business looking for a company to move their products. If you are looking for employment and do decide to work for this company please make sure you have a copy of all paperwork signed and everything spoken to you is in writing otherwise it may be null and void such as the case in my circumstances.

    So here I am a new driver with a great attitude about being a Trucker and knowing that this is a lifestyle more than a career and having many family members across multiple generations that drove OTR and the like who just feels down in the dumps. Any suggestions from you guys on a good outfit to apply to that won't do me the way Ray Wellert did these past 3 weeks? I have a Class A with a Automatic Restriction(Thanks Amazon ) I have a tanker endorsement and am looking for something Regional maybe even local if push came to shove. Any help from y'all would be much appreciated. I have already applied to several companies but have no clue whether they are any good. Such as QLF, Stevens Transportation, Garner, Star Transportation, TMC, Prime, CFI, Joe Hummer, and a few others....
     
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  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    @Chinatown help this poor guy out.. I read ur first post, i cant believe they fired u man, that is really messed up... im sorry it happened to u... its a shame companies could treat drivers this way...

    What kind of freight would u like to run? Are u against going to mega company? What is your location? Prime and scnieder both have good tanker programs. Tmc is good outfit to learn flatbed, and u would probably be able to stay regional.
     
  3. Mesikan

    Mesikan Bobtail Member

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    Hello i would go to labor board
    File a claim. I dont think companies cant take paycheck for damages
    And for reimbursement.
     
  4. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

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    If it was me in your position, I would march down to the court house and file a warrant for the employer for the money owed. In other words, head to Small Claims Court. It will cost you a few dollars but very little. He cannot withhold wages, he cannot require you to pay for damages unless you signed authorization for him to do so. Nothing can be withheld from your pay without your written authorization, even with taxes you signed a form. Unless under a court order, an employer withholding a penny from an employee is illegal as hell.
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Tough spot to be in. We all want to fight something like that. The cheapest way is to file a claim in small claims court I think.
    Sometime we have to just cut our losses even though it goes against our grain to do so.
    It's not that big of a deal that will keep you from finding other driving jobs.
    Which town in Ohio are you in or near?
     
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Try Nick Strimbu Inc. in Brookfield and Dover. This is a Teamster outfit that's more eastern half of USA.
    Nick Strimbu Inc
    https://www.nickstrimbu.com
    We have a large, well-maintained fleet featuring Freightliner equipment; a vast array of trailers including flatbed, dry van, half-side, self-unloading and modern temperature-controlled and monitored refrigerated units.
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    Both our Brookfield and Dover Ohio terminals are perched within miles of some the nation’s main transportation arteries.
    We also service the entire South and Eastern part of the country from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Coast.
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    • No DUI, OWI, reckless driving, or other major moving violations
    • Less than 2 instances in any 12 month period
    • Less than 3 instances in any 36 month period (An instance is a moving violation or preventable accident)
    • No more than 1 preventable accident in any 36 month period
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    There was a woman driver who used to post on here. She really liked Garner.
     
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  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Dang man. That's a tough break. Chalk it on up and go forward. You really haven't lost anything. Plenty of good places to work. You being in Ohio should be no trouble
     
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  10. YardieTubbs305

    YardieTubbs305 Bobtail Member

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    I live in Bedford which is 15 mins south of Cleveland. And thank you for the job leads man I appreciate the help!
     
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