Wal-mart, Inc. - Bentonville, Ar.

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by Anonymous, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. brisk

    brisk Bobtail Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    I have heard walmart pays the drivers very good pay and treats them with respect. The Teamsters want to think walmart is evil and their drivers shold be union while all the other lower paying companies like jbhunt, werner, covenant, swift....................................... get off the hook. Brown67, I was a teamster back in the 70's with preston and got laid off and know how you think. Dont brag about your job like your better then everyone else. UPS is a big joke in the fact that the union only helps a few out like the drivers, not the people sorting packages who also pay union dues. Dont be bigheaded about your job. I've done real good working at UPS freight/overnite and just retired. That doesnt make me a better person.
    ras1166 and sweetdaddy915 Thank this.
  2. slowmotion1065

    slowmotion1065 Bobtail Member

    May 31, 2006
    Walmart website accepts applications from drivers with 3+ years experience. From what I heard they have some of the best pay. Don't know much about the benefits. Hubby used to run dedicated for Walmart and said they were all great, even when he was running late.
  3. Brown67

    Brown67 Bobtail Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    I have seen part-timers defended over and over again. They aren't thrown under the bus. There is more to compensation than hourly pay. However, I do think our part-timers need a pay raise. They still do well. Give me the name of one non-union company that starts its part-timers at $9.50 an hour, free full-time benefits ( same as mine) after 30 days, and tuition reimbusement. I'm still waiting to hear of one. Pay, benefits, and a free college education. Pretty dang good.

    I agree Walmart truck drivers do make great money and most love their jobs. Wish the rest of the workers did as well. Too bad Walmart is sub-contracting more and more of its truck driving to other companies and owner operators.

    By the way I don't think I'm better than anyone else, but I do get tired of people running down unions. 9 times out of 10 you'll do better in a union as an employee than out of one. Does't mean we're perfect, just better off being represented.
  4. BearGator56

    BearGator56 <strong>"The G stands for GOOD!"</strong>

    Apr 11, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I am one of those owner operators that is contracting to deliver Wal Marts.
  5. Brown67

    Brown67 Bobtail Member

    Jun 4, 2006

    Hey brisk, Walmart drivers may do well, but they are a dying breed. I'm afraid once Sam died the company has really lost site of its people. He thought truck drivers should be paid well, because they spent so much time away from home. 5 or 10 years from now I bet there won't be any walmart drivers anymore. It will all be contracted out to drivers like BearGator.

    Now on the other hand UPS can't sub out our work. Protected by our contract. Still waiting for you to back up your statement about how our part-timers are treated so badly. Please give me just one non-union company that compensates its part-timers better than UPS.
  6. Digitalman

    Digitalman Bobtail Member

    Jul 7, 2006
    Brown67, I used to want to go to work for UPS driving line-haul. Started out OTR in '93, so been around for a couple of years.

    I go up to my local terminal (ICT) and they tell me that in order to get a job on line-haul with them, that I have to start out first working in the warehouse loading trucks, and then after they get done using me up for that, then I can move up into driving a local truck making local deliveries, and then after they get done using me up for that, then and when they decide- I may get to drive a line-haul truck for them (what, when I'm 98?)

    They (the guy wearing the suit that looks like a mafioso character out of some cheesy movie) tell me that they don't hire line-haul drivers just off-the-street. Gotta work your way up......wtf?

    Now am setting my sites on going over to walmart.:smt076
  7. rl- LTL driver

    rl- LTL driver Bobtail Member

    Oct 9, 2005
    never heard of that before, i had a interview in indianapolis with a ups
    recruiter for a feeder position. he said i would have to start out as a seasonal
    employee with no benefits and that as a seasonal employee i would only
    work 7 months during the year. 7 months split up into 2 seasons per year,
    each of which you have to apply and are not guaranteed a position. any
    accident of any type and you are fired. he talked of a guy he had as a
    seasonal feeder driver that he planned on hiring this season(he had been a
    seasonal driver for 6 years).

    if and when you do get hired on, they do not guarantee days or hours per
    week. you may not work 1 single day in a week or you may work the full
    week. how long does this go on? who knows depends on who gets fired or
    who retires dies.

    i admit i would love to drive for UPS but i cannot make that kind of sacrifice
    or take that kind of chance to MAYBE get a job.
  8. PortlandDriver

    PortlandDriver <strong>RIP</strong>, May You Be Heaventown Bound!

    May 30, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    To me this is backwards, work local before linehaul?

    This is not unusual, I drove a feed truck for a little over a year. Some weeks you would be lucky to get 20 hours in the the next week you work 60-70 hours..It's the most extream case of feast or famiine I have seen...
  9. Digitalman

    Digitalman Bobtail Member

    Jul 7, 2006
    Yeah bro, that's what I thought too. I have talked to many UPS drivers on the radio and they tell me that if I would move say to chicago or albuquerque I could get hired right off the road immediately. Only problem is I like where I live, it's just funny that there DC does it this way here in wichita,ks.
  10. DanJ

    DanJ Light Load Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    I'm sure it's like most unionized shops. You have to work up through seniority. In our company, in Canada, some terminals have no shortage of people wanting to drive linehaul, so they move up from within. Other terminals, especially in Toronto, can't keep drivers, so you can be hired right off the street.

    Our contract calls for the "senior qualified person" in bidding for a linehaul job. So if you are a new hire but have the license, you can get the job ahead of a senior person without the license. Providing you can pass the company road test of course.

    It may seem backwards to have to do city before linehaul, but in the package delivery business, city work kills you. As people age they want to do something a little less stressful on the body. 120-140 stops a day takes it's toll on your knees and back. So as they get older and contemplate their working career, they decide maybe driving a tractor trailer at night isn't so bad an option, especially when they look at that nice pension at the end of it.
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