Everyone else is paying…

More TL carriers rolling out pay increases
Sean Kilcarr Aug 13, 2014

U.S. Xpress plans to boost base solo OTR pay by 13%
Following hard on the heels of Swift Transportation’s driver pay raise announcement in late July, two other major TL carriers are now introducing pay increases of their own.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises plans to boost its base mileage pay for over the road (OTR) solo, non-dedicated truck drivers by an average of 13% effective Aug. 25 while also eliminating its “sliding pay scale” for all OTR solo drivers as well.

Eric Fuller, U.S. Xpress’ COO, noted that for many of the carrier’s drivers, the “sliding pay scale” made it difficult to calculate base pay from week to week. Thus the company is activating what it calls a “simpler” pay structure where all OTR solo drivers will earn the same base mileage pay regardless of their length of haul.

Con-way Truckload, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., is planning to boost its per-mile pay for new-hire experienced drivers to a total of 42.5 cents per mile starting Sept. 7 and beef up its incentive bonus structure in the bargain as well – an effort aimed at increasing productivity while rewarding drivers for their loyalty, said Joseph Dagnese, the carrier’s president.

On top of that, with respect to layover pay, he noted the carrier is increasing driver compensation from $60 to $75 per day.

“Our drivers are the company’s most important asset,” Dagnese explained. “After listening to their feedback and evaluating current market trends, this is the right time to increase our mileage rate and add new compensation programs which reward driver loyalty, productivity and safe driving performance.”

Based on reaching thresholds for continuous mileage/continuous employment, Con-way Truckload’s enhanced incentive program provides the opportunity to gain additional earnings via an annual bonus of between 1.5 cents and 3 cents per mile on miles driven over the previous 12 months from their anniversary date.

Dagnese added that the mileage pay increase also would apply to Con-way Truckload’s independent contractors as well. “Our independent contractors are a key part of our strategy for providing consistent, high quality capacity and service,” he said.

Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis for FTR Transportation Intelligence, noted in the firm’s most recent Trucking Conditions Index report that truck freight continues to show steady increases and, with the tight truck capacity situation unlikely to loosen up any time soon, expects to see both spot and contract rates continue to rise into the fall shipping season.

Yet finding and keeping drivers still remains a tough task for the trucking industry. Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) trade group, noted recently that the industry has in the range of 30,000 to 35,000 unfilled truck driver jobs – a shortage only expected to worsen.

“As the industry starts to haul more because demand goes up, we’ll need to add more drivers – nearly 100,000 annually over the next decade – in order to keep pace,” he said.

Max Fuller, CEO for U.S. Xpress, added in a statement that nearly every facet of the country depends upon some type of goods or services that were delivered by a professional truck driver.

He pointed as well to recent ATA data that stated approximately 70% of the freight shipped annually in the United States was delivered by a truck driver.

“This means more than three million professional truck drivers are transporting more than 9.2 billion tons of freight by driving approximately three million heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks,” Fuller said.

“Drivers are the ones who ensure that our store shelves are not empty, manufacturing does not grind to a halt and our economy does not stall,” he stressed. “With more goods and services being shipped by trucks, we need to expand the workforce so our industry has better trained, more qualified drivers that can take better care of our customers.”

New pad

Well I finally did it. I found a place to live. It is a decent sized 2 bedroom apartment on the second floor in the quiet little town of Greencastle.

The apartment is close and convenient to much. Only about 8 minutes from work and only 17 minutes from my “Don’t slap the bitch” classes. 5 minutes to the truckstop. 30 minutes from the kids. 15 minutes to 2 major towns.

My parole officer will be so happy now that I have a place to get mail and that he can inspect.

On the good side the apartment is completely empty so inspection should be easy. No beer, no pot, no couch and no bed. Hopefully he doesn’t pay attention to the Tavern right in front of it close enough to stumble home afterwards. But the food is good and not expensive. I’m sure he won’t believe it when I say I wouldn’t, shouldn’t and can’t drink. But it won’t be in the apartment.

On the bad side the landlord had no idea where the key to the mail box is so I can’t check it.

A couple of friends have offered to help me move my stuff in when I can afford a moving truck to haul the stuff. Wish I could just steal a trailer again but there isn’t enough room at the storage unit.

Courtesy

You get pissed off when my kids are rude to you but you forget that you are the reason why their father was in jail for something he didn’t do. Of course they are going to be rude to you.

There are only two women that have been in my life that they respected and loved, the one that gave them life and the one I should not have chased off because I was an asshole.

Random

So I am sitting here in Jonestown at our terminal. I was told to show up here to take a random drug screen. I hate coming here. Most of the older drivers call this terminal Fort Knox cause they don’t like to let you leave when your stay is done. Oh well. Let them give me a cup to pee in. I have nothing to hide. The only drugs I have been on are my blood pressure meds, my anti crazy pills and lots of cough syrup. In this line of work I don’t see how anyone could think they can get away with doing drugs. This was supposed to be a surprise last second order to show up here but in this industry and on a dedicated account like I work, surprises just aren’t good for business. So I was told about it Friday and told to act surprised Monday morning when I reported to pee in a cup. Works for me. Not like you can get cleaned up in a couple days like that anyway. The biggest pain is just being here at this terminal with nothing to do and no facilities ( worth using) just feeling like you are on lock down and far from home, not that I have a home at the moment but still. Oh well let’s just get this over with and get back to money making.