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    Default Old northeast union carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    There was a time when yes, white boys and white girls did that work. Coming from a family of blue collar workers and prior to that farmers, white people also knew what hard physical work was. But for the last couple of decades they have been told that college is the only way and that such work is beneath them. So yes, you are right. We need those immigrants to do such work.

    This is a little off subject, but since we are taking about hard work I found this article yesterday about a former employer A.P.A Transportation I think one of the reasons it close is because they couldn't find any good help.........it was a tough place to work, but just do your job and they left you alone...

    https://www.inc.com/magazine/19820401/2109.html

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    Those were the days. Red Star's terminal was just up the street in North Bergen. It's owner Jerry Bisgrove was in a friendly competition with Arthur from A P A. They told us to hurry out the gate in the morning to beat A P A up on to Tonnelle Ave. Both were well run proud to be union carriers who's employees worked hard. Our brother Teamsters at the major carriers used to laugh at us for being "dashers"............ I read somewhere that Arthur would never hire anyone who smoked a pipe. He said they were vain and would waste too much time cleaning and filling their pipes. I'm sure my friend wizard could write a book on his experiences working for A P A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Those were the days. Red Star's terminal was just up the street in North Bergen. It's owner Jerry Bisgrove was in a friendly competition with Arthur from A P A. They told us to hurry out the gate in the morning to beat A P A up on to Tonnelle Ave. Both were well run proud to be union carriers who's employees worked hard. Our brother Teamsters at the major carriers used to laugh at us for being "dashers"............ I read somewhere that Arthur would never hire anyone who smoked a pipe. He said they were vain and would waste too much time cleaning and filling their pipes. I'm sure my friend wizard could write a book on his experiences working for A P A.
    Yes,my fellow ABFer and very good friend 2631,I could write a War&Peace novel on my experiences at APA...''A-lways-P-lease-A-rthur''...''A-rthur's P-rivate A-rmy''...If you weren't willing to work hard EVERYDAY,you sure as Hell were not going to work for APA,that's for damn sure...Thank God for the Union,they would have fired half the work force because they wanted Blood from a Stone-EVERYDAY...Impossible Expectations...With that being said it was a First Class operation...The equipment,the mechanics,the terminal was SPOTLESS everyday,yard,dock,bathrooms(eat off the floor)...and the perks,the trips they took the employees on every 5 years,ALL PAID FOR(puerto rico-atlantic city),the Rec center which I and many others took advantage of,parties,BBQ'S,all year round...And all you had to do was Work like a DOG EVERYDAY...Every year 2631 a bunch of us still get together over the holidays,as we just did this past November...Sadly,the BUNCH gets smaller every year for many reasons...We meet every year at one of the most famous DINERS in Jersey,a diner I know you know about...the iconic Tops Diner on Passaic Ave in East Newark...It's still there and it still draws one hell of a crowd...Well,I'm glad your enjoying you're retirement 2631 because I know for a fact you deserve it...Be Well...And by the way...Arthur is still alive and kicking...and still making money on the waterfront!!!!!

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    Default Old northeast union carriers

    At a members suggestion, I have started this thread to talk about, reminisce or discuss all the carriers that populated the northeast corridor. I am sure they are plenty I don't know of, or remember.
    I will combine a few posts in this thread about North Bergen's A-P-A which was started in another thread.
    Feel free to join in and post about big and small union carriers, still in business and those long gone.
    The list can start with A-P-A, Red Star, New Penn, Bilkay's and one that was across the street from the New Penn terminal in Cinnaminson, Shanahan's Express !
    Can you think of others and tell us your story about any of them, both now and in their glory days.

    I remember the fire in Shanahan's terminal. I believe the company shut down after that fire. Reports of labor unrest and unproven claims strikers caused the fire. Can't find any information and I doubt anyone was ever charged in the fire. An acquaintance that worked there claims it was done by the owner as a way to disparage the Teamster strikers and point the finger in another direction. I simply have no idea of what happened.
    Shanahan's operated as far south as Fredericksburg Va., north to Springfield Ma., Wilkes-Barre Pa., and York Pa.
    I do know a few drivers simply walked across the street to the New Penn terminal and were hired there.
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    So many good Northeastern union trucking companies to remember. I guess we can start with the most profitable ones who excelled before the 1980 deregulation. The privately owned well run APA, New Penn, Red Star, Bilkays, Sanborne, New England Motor Freight, Maislin, Tose, Oneida, North Penn, St. Johnsbury, Penn Yan, Boss Linco. I'm sure I'm forgetting many more.
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    Since we started with APA I have to say those guys were workers. They ran their butts off. I remember a peddle driver pulling into a stop along side me with a passenger in his cab. The guy had a clipboard with 2 stop watches on it. The driver was being timed from stop to stop and how long each delivery took. He tried to jump the line by walking the freight it but the receiver told him to wait his turn. The spotter was pissed but the driver had a smile on his face.
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    Back in the 70s up at Red Star in North Bergen someone in management had a bright idea on how to beat APA up onto Tonnelle Ave. Instead of us being cleared by security they had a supervisor with white gloves waving us out the gate. It worked for a while until the mob got wind of it. 1 morning, with inside help from a dispatcher, they sent a fella in with the trailer number full of Canadian liquor. Mr. white gloves waved him out along with the rest of us.

    A few days later they tried it again. The mob driver walked into the shape room with us, got into a tractor and backed under the Seagrams load. Only that time security had gotten wise and taken the glad hands off the trailer. Two switchers boxed in his doors and he told them Ernie, the head dispatcher, had told him to hook up. He was escorted to Ernie's office and the police were called. But some how he was able to escape and Ernie was nowhere to be found. A short time later Ernie was found shot in the head under the Brooklyn Bridge. It turned out Ernie owed the bookies a lot of money. As far as we knew the murder went unsolved.
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    Visited an old retired friend in the hospital yesterday. He retired from New Penn before I did, but he had many decades with different union trucking companies. Naturally the talk fell to some of his old companies.
    Pilot was the first he mentioned, followed by Schuster Express. I read that Pilot bought Schuster in the 80's.
    Can't find much of any info about Schuster but I know I had several friends at CF that also worked at there.
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