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Paul A.'s Comment
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There is a clause on their contract that states that after you leave Prime, you cannot work for another commercial carrier that directly encroach with the stuff they carry for two years. They carry a lot of different stuff! Rainy? Others? Does it mean that if or after you leave them you can't work as a driver anywhere else?

icecold24k's Comment
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I honestly do not remember that being in my contract. The only thing I remember is that if you left before one year you owed the full about of something like $4000 and some change. It would no longer be prorated. Hopefully someone will be along soon who can answer this better than I can.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My contract never said such...but what is the wording? it probably says you need to pay them if you leave before the year is up. mine said they were authorized to take $70 per week from.my next employers check. by signing, they could go to that employer directly.

Paul A.'s Comment
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Hi, it said that after you leave Prime you can't go to a company that interferes directly with Prime's network, and it did not specify that to be only for the first year because you, (the trainee) ,recognize what a good value the training is. I personally asked for clarifications to the lady at the training/computer room after i read it and she answered "yes, i believe it used to be a year".

Sounds to me like that leaves a lot of room for them to play with, they might not enforce it if i stay a year and leave in good terms but i wasn't willing to chance it.

It is on the recruiter for not mentioning it anyway, i can't say anything bad about Prime, they did what they promised, got me a permit, training on the sim, a room and food.

So i didn't feel comfortable with that and the fact that you need to sign a release that basically states that in the first month of road training, the trainee, not being a hired employee yet, is on his own should something (accident) happen, and i came back home. Just call your recruiter and let her know they told me at the orientation office, nothing else required.

I now have another problem, my local DMV said i need to wait for the actual new MO license to change residence back to my state, they won't use the temporary license i got in Springfield. I called and emailed my recruiter to see if they'll mail it to me but i haven't heard from her yet, do you guys know how that works?

Thank you for the comments guys.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Paul if you are that concerned about enforceability of the non-compete, have a lawyer look it over so you clearly understand your rights and Prime's legal ability to enforce it.

PackRat's Comment
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Something is missing. I cannot believe a contract with such a broad range would be a stipulation.

G-Town's Comment
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Something is missing. I cannot believe a contract with such a broad range would be a stipulation.

You got that right. Hoping Rainy stops by to "School Us" on Prime's contract.

Paul A.'s Comment
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Something is missing. I cannot believe a contract with such a broad range would be a stipulation.

I can see that but, monday you go there, 80 persons, everything's kind of rushed, schedule review for the week, fisical, drug test, agility test, fill papers, and they tell you they know that you ll forget most of what they tell you, too much stuff all together.

Now, i made through ok, done everything, went to the DMV on Tuesday and got the permit with tank endorsement on the first try ( TT High Road Program)thank-you-2.gif and you have to go through i think about 30 or so modules on the computer on hour own time, and they must be done by Wednesday night.

Now, it sounds worst than it is, really, by Wednesday night you can be all done, couple of days to spare, thing is, in between the human trafficking and safety modules they put the contracts and no compete clause, they are very hard to read and if you don't pay attention you won't know you sign it.

Again, i might have overreacted but ...

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Again, i have NEVER seen that. i still have my contract. because you do not have it, you maybhave misread or misinterpreted it.

ill go to sprimo soon and ask.

Splitter's Comment
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He’s there now! Or am I reading that wrong. All he has to do is sit down with anyone in orientation & ask for a copy of the contract or better yet, ask the recruiter to clarify this concern. Done!

I didn’t concern myself with the details because I didn’t want an out clause or an excuse not to fulfill my commitment to their program. Prime is paying me top rookie dollar & helped me attain my CDL while preparing me for many of the daily challenges & rewards this industry has to offer.

To harp on this issue as a stumbling block to a new career only means that Paul has to look at other companies that offer paid training. Good luck with whatever decision you make. I love being a Prime-ate. I was supported throughout my process & still am. All the clauses in my contract be damned. I’m here to succeed, not find excuses.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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