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    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations. OSHA has also ordered the trucking company, based in Auburn, Wash., to stop retaliating against workers who refuse to drive trucks while too ill or fatigued to safely operate vehicles at its facilities.
    OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers - News - TruckingInfo.com

    I am somewhat confused on this as OHSA lost the lawsuit on this.

    http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal...pdf?1387053186

    David made comment to this when he sent his November OR report to us on the Quallcom. That they had "legal fees due to having to defend their attendence policy." I guess they never have had legal fees before.

    Sort of like a year ago when the excuse for a high OR was excessive labor cost because we had SNOW in December. Hard to fathom that in the Pacific Northwest it never snows in December.
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    Love it! I can remember back in the 70's and 80's my old man would book off "fatigued" and Garrett Freight Lines would frown but leave him alone. Their tractors were to be driven at a blazing 55 MPH. Many ran a rubber band to cheat the Tach-O-Graph. No air conditioning in the sleepers tractors in those days. It is no wonder he was fatigued!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    Love it! I can remember back in the 70's and 80's my old man would book off "fatigued" and Garrett Freight Lines would frown but leave him alone. Their tractors were to be driven at a blazing 55 MPH. Many ran a rubber band to cheat the Tach-O-Graph. No air conditioning in the sleepers tractors in those days. It is no wonder he was fatigued!
    Actually, I'd like to thank the OP for publishing the link. I printed it out and made several copies and posted it ALL over our driver's room, so management could see it. They've been on our ass for a while for "booking off", even when drivers are very sick. I had walking pneumonia a couple weeks ago. In light of the "new and improved" attendance policy, I went to do my usual 12 hour night shift. Did my first load to LAX, just kept getting more ill. Notified supervisor, was told "Just do the best you can"..Second load out of the racks to Industry. Dropped, sat in truck with heater going full blast (outside temps. were 65 degrees, not cold at all). Barely, just barely..made it back to terminal, couldn't even see straight to park it on the racks and just left. Went to doctors, put me off for a week at least. Off only 2 days and supervisor calls to tell me I'm scheduled that night even after emailing off work order. Of course, I didn't and wouldn't go in. These companies are just getting incredibly short sighted when it comes to putting ill or injured drivers on the road. Seems like they think we are all trying to get a free vacation. Can't wait to retire next year.
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    This company will never Learn. They spend more dollars in legal fees in trying to screw their employees. Great for morale makes you wanna work harder, faster right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgee View Post
    This company will never Learn. They spend more dollars in legal fees in trying to screw their employees. Great for morale makes you wanna work harder, faster right?
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    It is my understanding that Oak has appealed the OHSA ruling because the drivers did not invoke the 392.3 rule when they called in. These people just like to spend their money on stupid causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    Love it! I can remember back in the 70's and 80's my old man would book off "fatigued" and Garrett Freight Lines would frown but leave him alone. Their tractors were to be driven at a blazing 55 MPH. Many ran a rubber band to cheat the Tach-O-Graph. No air conditioning in the sleepers tractors in those days. It is no wonder he was fatigued!
    I remember the old salts telling me of the rubber band trick, seems like it was nationwide skill, and imagine they had no internet to compare notes.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    It is my understanding that Oak has appealed the OHSA ruling because the drivers did not invoke the 392.3 rule when they called in. These people just like to spend their money on stupid causes.
    Are they saying that drivers just said they were too sick to drive, and didn't say the magic 392.3 rule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by realAZteamster View Post
    Are they saying that drivers just said they were too sick to drive, and didn't say the magic 392.3 rule?
    That is what I understand.

    Several years ago Portland had a line dispatcher, now moved to central dispatch, that gave me a letter for an "occurrence." He shoved it out the dispatch window with a demand of "sign this." I took it and wiped my butt with it and handed it back. Couple of other drivers in the break room just about busted a gut. I did sign it, big deal, and told him to keep writing letters as I only needed four more to finish wall papering my bedroom wall.

    I never have invoked the rule, and only the one time have they given a letter. From now on I will invoke the rule just to CYA. The usual standard is that they always have a double standard, they will write someone up for some BS and the next one they don't.

    Crazy as it seems they usually treat the line drivers better than the P&D guys. It was P&D drivers that filed the complaint with OHSA.

    The company policy is "The beating will continue till moral improves."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post

    Crazy as it seems they usually treat the line drivers better than the P&D guys. It was P&D drivers that filed the complaint with OHSA.
    This is a true standard

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    Quote Originally Posted by realAZteamster View Post
    I remember the old salts telling me of the rubber band trick, seems like it was nationwide skill, and imagine they had no internet to compare notes.


    Are they saying that drivers just said they were too sick to drive, and didn't say the magic 392.3 rule?

 

 
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