Werner dispatchers abusing the writeup system to punish drivers without their knowledge

Discussion in 'Werner' started by Davezilla, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. Davezilla

    Davezilla Medium Load Member

    May 19, 2009
    Just discovered through an office employee that I and many other drivers had been secretly written up repeatedly without informing us. This disqualifies drivers from transferring to better accounts, but does not give the driver any way to defend themselves, as we are not even informed of the accusations against us.

    The main way the write up system is being abused is to report drivers for failure to communicate after managers have mistreated the drivers. The dispatcher will knowingly call while a driver is asleep or on days off, then complain to their Supervisor that the driver wont talk to them. Once the driver is written up, any and all driver complaints are ignored because "the driver is just angry he got written up". Despite the driver not even being aware they were written up in the first place. How can a driver be angry about being written up if they dont even know they've been written up?

    Ive talked to several other drivers who called and discovered they also had false write ups that had kept them from transferring away from bad dispatchers. Most of the false reports were for refusing to talk to managers after the managers had harassed the drivers.

    The system does not inform drivers that they have been written up. So do not assume that your record is somehow clean because you have not been told of a violation. The only way you can tell if your record is clean is to talk to somebody in driver relations.

    If you believe you may have been written up and not told about it, please call the driver relations department to see if you have any false writeups. If you discover that you have been given false writeups, you can reach the CEO directly at askderek@werner.com
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  2. Canned Spam

    Canned Spam Road Train Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    That's dirty, but somehow expected from a company of that caliber in the trucking industry.
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    There is not a driver alive (Espeically myself) who has not already have a file with a name on it and contains sins and problems written down ranging from failure to leave company yard on time or going into a UA area and so forth. When there is enough booboos added to that file, the DM will fire the driver with cause and use the file against him or her when the Unemployment people gets involved.

    Service failures meaning failure to get the load on time by appointment or contract etc is the most common boo boo that goes into a file. It may not fire you today but will be just another stone piled onto other stones in a future firing.

    My best defense against these write ups is to pile up a stack of forms needed for everything and go away to a far coast of the USA far from the company building and it's backstabbing staff of teetotaling dispatchers who are looking for things to add to a nasty file against you. Be gone for 6 months to a year at a time. It's really hard for anyone to write stuff down against you unless it can and is proven by satellite service failure etc.
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  4. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Man, driver. That is beyond shady. Sorry, I don't know what else to say, except get into a 'smaller' company where you are a name, and not a number. Like me, and many others.... just wow.
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  5. free spirited1

    free spirited1 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Yeah large or mega carriers have become the son n daughter of the devil. Sometimes driving for a noteworthy smaller carrier where a person proves their worth and they indeed value you, not a number but a name and a human being your better off. Have you ever noticed that it's mainly larger carriers that will tell you, just be honest about everything BUT it's okay for them to lie to you whether it be dispatch, supervisor, shop, etc.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
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  6. White Dog

    White Dog Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    How do the 'dispatchers' benefit from such practice?
  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    They don't.

    I once visited St Peter with his Heavenly Gate and learned there are clouds filled with large cars for us to run and a mountain of payroll to run it with.

    However I asked St Peter why all those large cars sitting?

    He says, we aint got a Dispatcher yet. =)
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  8. Dale thompson

    Dale thompson Medium Load Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    commerce twp,mi
    the benefit is when called on the carpet for a performance review dispatcher will whine about his-her driver pool pointing to all the write ups as evidence of a batch of under performing drivers.
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  9. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    Anytime I've been written up it came with a mandatory meeting and I had to sign some sort of corrective action form.

    With how big Weiner is I seriously doubt they'd miss out on flexing that corporate policy.
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  10. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

    Mar 26, 2016
    Portland, Maine
    This is how they let you know. I don't really know if the practice is new... but it's there; sure to be in my safety file.
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