We are one huge step closer to getting some payback for the slave labor we endured at the hands of Swift Transportation. It will still be a while before checks are cut. There is a 4 month period for responses from drivers to the notices they are getting ready to send out. Then there will probably be a couple more months to actually figure up how much each person gets and send out checks. So be patient but know that relief is coming.
They are trying to update your contact information so Settlement Services, Inc. and Getman Sweeney Law can keep you informed and send you important documents and information about what is going on. In an email I received from one of the paralegals…
IF WE HAVE NOT SPOKEN WITH YOU WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS, please reply to this email with
- Your full name as it appeared/appears on your settlements;
- Your driver code if you know it;
- The last four digits of your social security number;
- Your current mailing address; and
- Your phone number.
We will update our records accordingly.
So if you are affected by this case and have not heard from or talked to the lawyers in the last 30 days, I suggest you contact them. The preferred method of contact is email:
260 Fair St.
Kingston, NY 12401
Fax: (845) 255-8649
Apparently a settlement agreement has been agreed to by Getman and Swift.
A fund is going to be set up in the amount of $100 million to be distributed to some 20,000 drivers. after lawyers fees and taxes… The average pay out will probably be in the $3,000 range per driver. The actual amount will vary based on number of weeks employed, assumed hours worked, and amount paid during that period. By my estimates that means the average payout could be as little as $500 per driver and checks may not go out until late 2019 or early 2020, if the agreement is approved by the court.
Knight-Swift said in a statement that the amount of settlement had been accounted for on its balance sheet as of December 31, 2018, and “does not expect that the settlement will have a material impact on its future results of operations.”
Personally I think if it didn’t impact their operations, it was too light of a punishment for stealing from us to benefit themselves.
You can read the proposed Settlement Agreement here.
A victory for drivers. Now the cases against the carriers and the slavery they imposed on us can go forward. Now we can get what we earned. Ruling here.
It’s been a major chore but I finally got a mostly fully operational sorting system running. It’s as big as my house which is not small and doesn’t hold anywhere near everything but…
well it works…
When running your freighter to market, always use a gun boat escort. It not only helps discourage unwanted attention but by using webs on the freighter it actually speeds the trip up significantly by causing the freighter to almost instantly jump to warp instead of the usual 30 minutes of aligning and accelerating.