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What's the latest on Auto Truck Transport, Pleasant Prairie, WI?
LMAO! I really don't know what's going on there now as the last person I kept in touch with retired a couple of years ago - I left ATT 7 years ago after 10+ years of service (punishment). The last member of our class of 8 quit nearly 2 years back - really surprised as he was a gay man and seemed to be fully at home there (gay dominated) - he told me there were too many 'money issues' (worse than before?) and he had a better offer away from truck haul.
The private contractors who are seasoned truck drivers/truck haulers/good businessmen do the best at this business, especially those who work multiple contracts. I seriously doubt anything has changed, unless a brand new owner came in and revamped the entire operation from top to bottom. I finally retired last year on a full medical disability, collecting from the IAM pension I was vested in, Social Security disability and Medicare. I was just reaching retirement age anyway so the timing was right.
My final days at ATT were memorable. Discord with the dispatchers-supervisors-union stewards. Why? I had expected much more from IAM representation as I had worked in IBT shops previously. Hoping the IAMAW doesn't destroy itself with its present trajectory. Tools repeatedly stolen on the dispatch yards and at the customer's locations. Recalling a personal threat made to me in front of several supervisors. The intent to 'provoke' was too obvious. The 'writing was on the wall' and had been for some time. I wanted to leave with a 'clean record' and did so. No accidents and few legitimate claims. all low dollar amounts.
Last I heard the driving contracts were still frozen with all of the increases and perks going to the shop employees. I managed to break $60k in my earliest years couldn't even break $50k in my later years and barely broke $40k in my final year - away for weeks at a time. Professional shills consistently boasted of earning $150k per year(!) among other incredible claims. Memorable? Yes, for far too many of the wrong reasons.
Don't pay attention to me as you might be the perfect candidate for this type of work. I was often amused by the professional shills. I'm guessing these people are supplied by the same outside firm (labor relations consultants) and accounted for a large percentage of the employees, shop and drivers. These people seemed to already know each other from the beginning of their employment, and the same spiel spilled from their lips - they made the incredible 'big money' and 'know more than you' despite being brand new to the field, often brand new to trucking in general.
My 50 year working career is now over with many memories (mostly good). The bulk of my career was connected to trucking-freight movement in one form or another. Hoping I answered a few legitimate questions - forgive me for not having the most recent knowledge.oldtrucker66 Thanks this.