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Aaron D.'s Comment
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JB Hunt intermodal

I'm writing this message as I am trapped inside a rail yard after delivering my final container of the day. I've been trapped in here for roughly 35 minutes. I receive no compensation for this time. This happens roughly 3 times a week. That's an hour and 45 minutes a week multiplied by 52... add in 25 minute pre and post trip that is done daily with no compensation and we are looking at 2.5 hours. So, 2.5 plus 1.45 puts a little over 4 hrs of work a week pro bono.

This is just a drop in he bucket. Add in the 2 hours a day spent getting in and out of a customers and it's 6 hours of my day that is not compensated.

I can't believe we tolerate this. It's exploitation. But, our backs are to the wall. We have to pay bills. Driving a truck sucks.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There's another way to look at it. Look at the total body of work you're doing and look at what you're getting paid for it in the end. If it's worth it, great! If not, then consider a better paying career. But don't sweat how they break it down. Some people get hourly, some get salary, and some do piece work. You're doing piece work. You get paid for the amount of work you get done.

I loved getting paid by the mile. I thought it worked out great. The more work you do the more money you make. As it should be.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I can't believe we tolerate this. It's exploitation

Most people in management get paid salary. They get one flat fee no matter how many ridiculous hours they have to put in. I guess that's exploitation too, then?

I wouldn't worry about how they break down the pay. If it's worth it then keep doing it. If not, move onto something that pays better or find an hourly job.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I can't believe we tolerate this. It's exploitation

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Most people in management get paid salary. They get one flat fee no matter how many ridiculous hours they have to put in. I guess that's exploitation too, then?

I wouldn't worry about how they break down the pay. If it's worth it then keep doing it. If not, move onto something that pays better or find an hourly job.

Very well put Brett. I will keep my comments to myself!

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yeah...I feel soooo exploited clearing $900 per week.and using the company as a travel agent.

Sometimes this is so easy I feel like I'm stealing hahahhaha

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Honestly, the times you are complaining about are nothing. Hell, this morning after delivering a load I waited over 3 hours to be assigned a new one. I've shown up at a shower and had to wait over 24 hours for the load to be ready. It's part of the job.

Even with these issues I still manage to average 3k miles/wk. I make decent money.

Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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You may want to look for a job that pays hourly.

I can sit at a port on average 3 hours per day but I get paid by the hour.

If working ports then there will be a company that pays hourly.

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