yrc road driver

Discussion in 'YRC' started by gfs2014, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. gfs2014

    gfs2014 Bobtail Member

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    Ill be sure to ask, the miles seemed low to me as well. And seemed strange to get hired right in on a bid. From reading the thru the forums it seems like you usually have to be extra board for a while. Maybe this is just a terrible run that noone wants. It runs Piedmont SC--Nashville TN
     
  2. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

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    Bid availability depends on location. Some barns have them readily on hand, others require a long wait. Hopefully the economy picks up, if it does the freight volume will go up concurrently.
     
  3. crawdaddy9659

    crawdaddy9659 Bobtail Member

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    I have been hauling flatbed and so I dont understnad this stuff. I have been looking at all these post. I am curious what the terminology is that is being used. I plan on going with YRC in a few weeks. What is barn, bidding, boards, lay downs, 15% give back? What is the union about? I have never worked a union job, any insight would be great.
     
  4. LakeLife80

    LakeLife80 Light Load Member

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    I worked for YRC, but it was awhile ago. I would be shocked if you get hired on and get a bid right away, but maybe things have changed. You probably would be around $1200 a week on that route if you do though. Where I worked it was a minimum 4 years before a route, on call 24/7 until then, but at a smaller barn anything is possible.
     
  5. LakeLife80

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    A barn is a terminal you are out of. Bidding goes by seniority, the top guys grab all the easy/money making routes which usually take 10+ years to get, bidding takes place every 6 months or yearly. Low guys are usually on call covering vacations/extra freight. Laydowns are routes where you do not turn and go home right away, but you instead get a hotel for your 10 off. 15% give back was mutually agreed upon by the union and YRC after YRC's poor financial situation. It essentially has kept YRC from going completely under caused by pension liability and poor decisions by management.

    I'm in the union and pay $73 a month, dues are 2.5x your hourly rate. Most unions are in it for their personal benefit, but it's nice to be able to file grievances for harassment, job loss, seniority violations, etc. I have never filed a grievance, haven't had to.

    I make great money and am home daily, more than typical OTR guys. You absolutely do not need to live on the road to make money. That's a myth. I work around 40 hours a week. My gross was 72k last year. There are moany non union LTL jobs that are also excellent and pay more than OTR typically. Dayton Freight, Old Dominion, Fedex Freight.
     
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  6. crawdaddy9659

    crawdaddy9659 Bobtail Member

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    How does the bidding work? Is it like an auction or a load board? Do I get to run as much as I want? Will I get dispatched for all 48 states or is it just a regional job? Will I be getting alot of miles? How does the hourly pay workout, I have been seeing this. How is it calculated, off your logbook? So many questions about this union stuff, sorry.
     
  7. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

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    1. Bidding is strictly by seniority (hire date). Be prepared to get what's left.

    2. You run your bid, period. If anything "extra" is available it's generally run out on a "hog board", meaning guys with seniority can bump new hires and take the extra work.

    3. I believe (someone correct me if this has changed) that Union LTL's run "A B C" dispatch and you'll never spend more than one night away from home.

    4. The mikes you get correlate with your bid.

    5. Hourly pay was always based on the "punch" at whatever terminal you're at. It's not like OTR, you won't fight for "detention time". Both parties agreed to the contract and they will follow it.

    You will be okay, IF you can get past the "seniority rules' mentality. Too many guys with no Union experience think they can "suck up" to get better runs or hours, it just doesn't work that way in the Teamsters. A lot of anti union guys quit a Teamster job for this reason (they can't advance with their arse kissing agenda). Not saying you're that guy at all, just giving you my experience. I'm a 26 year Teamster.
     
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  8. gfs2014

    gfs2014 Bobtail Member

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    Spoke with the terminal manager today and he gave me some more insight. Said i would make 50-70k my first year. dispatch tues/thur/sat. Said they have alot of guys retiring so id come right in on a bid. On the laydown bids they dont pay you hourly unless you are at the hotel over 17 hours which is crazy. Also get a measly $8 per layover for meals.
     
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  9. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

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    I'd say it would be rare for you to stay in a hotel much past the 10 hours, I think I only stayed over 12 hours one time.

    What's your feeling on it? Are you gonna go for it? Best of luck, whichever path you choose.
     
  10. Surfer Joe

    Surfer Joe Heavy Load Member

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    Hey guys;
    So what is this 15% give back?
    Do you give YRC 15% of your salary back to them?
     
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