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    Default Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    Union or non-union? That is the question many truck drivers across America have debated for years. Truck drivers face long hours, low pay, disrespect and continual abuse by trucking companies which come in the form of taking advantage of CDL students and new drivers as a means of cheap labor. Couple this with the on-going abuse of the truck driver DAC Report and the illegal lease agreements between driver and the trucking company lease-purchase programs, professional truckers seem to take it from all sides. Recently, I received an email from a recruiter of a major trucking company. Here is a small part of the message:

    “I am a recruiter for a major carrier and have been for some time. Though it is never discussed, I’ve been there long enough to understand how it all works . It’s frustrating watching drivers be treated as an expendable resource as well as purposefully being paid an unlivable wage in order to create turnover. I’d like to be part of the solution to the problem rather than the instrument of the companies who cause the problem.”

    For five years now, I have been publicly speaking and writing about the abuse of truck drivers, purposefully being done by the trucking companies and the “leaders” of this industry. I have always maintained that the trucking companies, the dispatchers, the recruiters and the trucking organizations all know too well that everything I have disclosed through the years is accurate. The above email from a veteran trucking company recruiter is verification. Furthermore, this is not the first message I’ve received from recruiters and dispatchers within the industry . . . only the first that I have shared publicly.

    I never expected to be well received by trucking organizations and the so-called organizations standing up for drivers . . . but drivers can expect that Truth About Trucking, LLC will continue to fight to “raise the standards of the trucking industry.” As more dispatchers and recruiters who possess a greater deal of character than their peers, continue to come forward to confirm the truth that we first exposed on a public forum . . . drivers will see a change for the better. They must first understand that any change for the professional drivers will only come about through the works of the drivers themselves.

    If trucking or driver organizations sincerely cared about their drivers, there would be no DAC abuse . . . there would be no lease purchase program designed for the driver to fail . . . there would be no CDL graduate paying $5000 for a license and sitting at home a year later without a driving job . . . there would be no cheap labor pool of new truck drivers earning .19 cents per mile . . . and there would be no constant, self-made turning over of drivers by the trucking companies. It is no wonder why so many thousands of drivers are in favor of unionizing the trucking industry. If trucking companies only continue to abuse the professional truck driver, CDL student and newcomer to the industry, who is left to fight for themselves? It will have to be the driver. Once again, all eyes are on the Employee Free Choice Act.

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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    I feel if we want to stop the down hill spiral of low wage,crappy benifits amd everything else that Sucks.....We will need to raise the bar and start unionizing drivers.... We as an industry can bring back high wage and better benifits if we all stick together. We have the power to do it, we just need to stop stapping each other in the back and work as one group. I understand we all need our jobs but there comes a time when we need to just say enough is enough.

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    ENOUGH I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    Is this the future of the trucking industry?

    http://www.landlinemag.com/Archives/...-or-fleece.htm

    OOIDA Member Jack Mudgett admits he was at a crossroads in his life when he came across a C.R. England advertisement promoting their CDL driver training schools.

    What hooked him in to signing on was that he was guaranteed a job with the company at the completion of the program.

    Anxious to hit the road as a solo driver once he completed his schooling in Burns Harbor, IN, Mudgett said he was told he’d have to wait approximately 90 days before he would be assigned a company truck. He would receive just $25 per day in the meantime.

    However, Mudgett was told, there was another option if he was interested in starting his trucking career ASAP. Horizon, located adjacent to the school, could put him in a leased truck right away.

    Once he signed on the dotted line, Mudgett was on the road to a “demo” six-month leasing nightmare. He had hoped to phase in to a full lease-purchase. Mudgett said that could have earned him points to use in negotiating his next option. For example, the points could be used toward waiving a credit check and lowering the down payment on the truck.

    After just two weeks on the road, Mudgett knew he wasn’t going to stay with C.R. England after his contract was up.

    “In fact, I went in the hole for about $10,000 while I was there because I never made a dime. Just a few days ago I received a letter … stating I am still on the hook for another $2,000 for my schooling, which they already deducted from my settlements when I was with them,” he said.

    Of the 100 students in his class, Mudgett was the “last man standing” at the end of his six-month contract when he turned in his truck a few months ago.

    “You work so hard, and your reward is to have nothing to show for it,” he said.
    Jack Mudgett, ,wonder if he's one that says, "I don't need no stinking union!"
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    This seems to be the name of the game everywhere anymore....we have given too much money to people who were so lazy and never should have received paychecks anyways in my book...never did nothing productive but scam...never wanted to work and honest day and never did their whole lives...they took all they could and screwed the rest....never again should this freeriding bum type office ceo guys be allowed to skate again...nor blame companies problems on us again..

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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    This C.R. England sounds like a real winner.People sure like to talk crap on the unions but this is just some of things that unions make sure doesn't happen.We all saw how OOIDA looked out for Jack Mudgett.


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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    There are too many outfits out there which do absolutlely nothing right by human standards...should never eist in such a country.....the "freedom" fro any tom dick or haryy to open crudplaces like thesze should be gonew////no freedom to abuse and lie to people and thewn go on to ruin a profession which has over 2 milion derivers relying on pay from that job....frrredom yes....but not to screw everybody else upfor you to profit and destrioy it fro everybocy else..

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    I went on CR Englands website. They got testamonials from their student drivers on how great they are. Yeah right, anyway you can leave comments, so I did. Copied the OOIDA article and link hit submit it is now awaiting moderation. Doubt that every makes their site.

    Might pixx off the person moderating it though.

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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap560 View Post
    I went on CR Englands website. They got testamonials from their student drivers on how great they are. Yeah right, anyway you can leave comments, so I did. Copied the OOIDA article and link hit submit it is now awaiting moderation. Doubt that every makes their site.

    Might pixx off the person moderating it though.







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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap560 View Post
    I went on CR Englands website. They got testamonials from their student drivers on how great they are. Yeah right, anyway you can leave comments, so I did. Copied the OOIDA article and link hit submit it is now awaiting moderation. Doubt that every makes their site.

    Might pixx off the person moderating it though.
    I attended a casual function (bar-b-cue) a couple of weeks ago at my sons bosses house. One of the mucky--mucks from England was there. His wife was a doll and very fun to be around. He on the other hand was a complete Richard Cranium. My son thanked his Union Steward daddy repeatedly for biting my tounge and not tearing this douche a new ahole.

    My nephew was in the lease option program with them. 6 months is all he lasted. He was tired and broke.

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    Default Re: Trucking Companies Prepare for Possible Driver Union Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    I attended a casual function (bar-b-cue) a couple of weeks ago at my sons bosses house. One of the mucky--mucks from England was there. His wife was a doll and very fun to be around. He on the other hand was a complete Richard Cranium. My son thanked his Union Steward daddy repeatedly for biting my tounge and not tearing this douche a new ahole.

    My nephew was in the lease option program with them. 6 months is all he lasted. He was tired and broke.


    Now's your chance to let your tongue loose. I was just at CR England's site and left my own comment. Mudflap's right...it makes you feel a whole lot better.

 

 
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