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Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Unions ...... Good or bad??

RI Red, you have to admit that your participation in this conversation has become an epic in the irony department.

You started by posting a complaint about how this conversation keeps popping up at the top, thus putting it back at the top yourself. Then you said it's not relevant and basically beneath us as a website to host such a conversation, but then you started launching personal attacks against other members thus dragging this further into the gutter. Then you started entering your own thoughts into the discussion after asking if it could be removed.

So you're not going to win any awards today for your efforts but thanks anyways for giving me more to clean up. Way to become part of the problem.

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Hehe- true! delete me outta here. I've become part of the problem!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Unions ...... Good or bad??

RI Red ... here is a thought, you don't have to read this thread! No one is forcing you to. And you are right, driver pay has nothing to do with trucking, silly me.

Hey Rob,

I don't think that's a "thought". Based on your past posts, I've yet to see you expend the calories to have an original thought. I see you're considering a career. How about you line up a few cogent arguments in your posts before you file the internet with your drivel?

Eh?

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Unions ...... Good or bad??

RI Red stamps his foot down:

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As someone who visits this site for information on trucking, I find this thread the most useless eyesore on the site. it's got absolutely nothing to do with trucking, offers nothing but personal political opinion, and has zero benefit to Trucking Truth.

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The original question "Are unions good or bad?" was ambiguous and unanswerable too. Do you really think there's a black and white answer to that question?

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Red, this topic has become what we call "Popcorn". The rest of us just watch as the continuing Participants just beat each other up. Actually, the original question does have something to do with trucking. Until freight deregulation in 1979, the Teamsters union was a powerful force not only in truck transport but in national politics overall. Trade unions do have a history of improving conditions and pay for the working person. The debate now is whether unions are really necessary. I'm not rehashing any of the history here, but to say there are still transportation unions, as well as non-union companies.

Tyler Durden's original question, "Unions .... good or bad?" is a great question for this forum. Gee - 22 pages of discussion. However, as with most topics that can get almost emotional, we have people getting "personal" now. That's not so good.

Does anyone have cheddar popcorn?

I like my popcorn buttered, and maybe a little salt. I think this thread however is salty enough. I also like facts in my posts. Not sure I saw any on those in this thread. even in the beginning regarding unions, with the exception of Brett's graphs/etc. which while informative, could never have answered Tyler's original post, which could only have been answered by himself (he posted no information on the union dues, an benefits he'd have secured from whatever company he was interested in.) The history of unions in trucking would be of much value at this point- only whether the union that Tyler was interested in signing on with had the ability to be a strong voice for workers at thart particular company, provided an advantage in regards to pay in relation to the dues he'd be putting up. Since this varies across the entire industry, do you think a clear cut answer was going to be reached?

pass the salt....

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Unions ...... Good or bad??

As someone who visits this site for information on trucking, I find this thread the most useless eyesore on the site. it's got absolutely nothing to do with trucking, offers nothing but personal political opinion, and has zero benefit to Trucking Truth. I really wish Brett would delete this thread so it wouldn't keep popping up at the top of the forum. Those of you keeping it going are doing yourselves a disservice.

Honestly folks, do you really think you're going to convert others on this site to your politics or point of view?

The original question "Are unions good or bad?" was ambiguous and unanswerable too. Do you really think there's a black and white answer to that question?

What's next here?

1. The best flavored ice cream! Chocolate or Vanilla?

2. Boxers or Briefs?

3 Apple or Mac?

Jeez.....

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Hey everyone. I am just excited to finally start my new career. I graduated school in the beginning of October and got my CDL A. I tried and tried to get a local position but it is not easy with no experience lol. So I finally decided to go regional and after looking at all sorts of companies I chose Schneider. I hear good things about there training and it is not that long as long as I do not need more time. I have my 2 year old daughter, and being away will be hard. But I will get through it so I can get some experience. I am probably going to get in my one year and try again for local. Other than that I am set to go for orientation on December 8th. Wish me luck.

See you there- I graduated at the end of Oct. and discovered the same. NE regional for me assuming all goes well in Carslisle.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Trucking accidents

2005 Road King is what I'm riding now, bought new, but had a few before that. When I started, I remember my motorcycle instructor telling us that a motorcycle was no more dangerous than a car. It was entirely dependent on the rider. If you generally make bad judgement decisions, it would carry over into your riding, and you're bound to end up with the rubber side up.

When I was being taught the Smith system, the philosophy was that all accidents are preventable, but that's a tough line to walk, eh?

As a motorcyclist in a cell phone world, all I can say is when on the road, trust no one- assume every driver is not paying attention and protect yourself accordingly....

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Company Drivers for Roehl, USX, Werner, Schneider: your input needed

I'm in the same boat - had a bunch of pre-hires but narrowed it down to Roehl (wife's pick) and TMC (my pick) - but now I can't decide which way to go!

You're from RI - are you going to NETTTS? That's where I am, I should've finished up this past Wednesday but I have to go in this weekend to make up some hours that I missed due to work.

I was at International CDL- finished up in the last week of October. i like Roehl too, but will try my luck with Schneider at the end of the month.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Company Drivers for Roehl, USX, Werner, Schneider: your input needed

I was in your shoes 1 year ago, I looked into Knight, Schneider, Swift, etc. I chose Werner because I was able to get onto a dedicated account with weekly home time, and 95% drop and hook. I have enjoyed my experience, and have made decent money. Any company you chose will have multiple opportunities, it's what you do with them that will make, or break your experience. I soon found out that being home weekly didn't pay the bills, so I now stay out 10-14 days, then go home for 2 days I will be looking for something different soon, as I have learned that your not going to make your full earning potential with the mega carriers. But it's critical to spend a full year at your 1st driving job to show future employers your commitment to the job.

Thanks for the message and insight, it's appreciated!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Company Drivers for Roehl, USX, Werner, Schneider: your input needed

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Just a few of the companies I have pre-hire letters from. I've done some research and yeah, I know they're all about the same according to forum posters. However, if you drive for any of these carriers here's a chance to root for your team, and wave the their flag....your opinion counts.

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I'm new to this forum and especially new to the trucking industry. I'm also a brand new driver for Roehl. I just finished up with my trainer and have been issued my own truck. Haven't received any loads just yet but I will be after my military reserve duty is done. I've done a lot of research through here and other areas. Some of the main reasons I chose Roehl is because they are still family owned, ( yes the family name is Roehl) and they have a great home time options. I don't need the home time right now but in the future if I ever do need it, it'd be nice to have. They have a great training system. I went out with two trainers because my first trainer was on the 7 to 7 home time. Working with two different trainers has helped me to get two different perspectives on things. I still have contact with both trainers and they have encouraged me to stay in touch and contact them when I have questions arise when I'm out solo. I also had a preview from Werner and they are not a bad company. But they didn't seem to fit what I was looking for like the way Roehl does. I've also been told from more than one driver that when you've been with Roehl a year or more, you start getting what all the drivers get every year. I forget the exact words but basically there is a percentage of what the company made that year, almost like a bonus is given out. Then tje other reason why I chose Roehl is because I love the color of Red. It has been my family's color from my grandfather to my dad for ages. And the trucks are pretty too. Hahah

Hope this helps. If you have any specific questions about Roehl, I'll be happy to answer what I can. There are a few great forms on here about drivin for them.

Thanks for the reply. It's a toss up between Schneider and Roehl. If you get the chance, let me know how things go with Roehl, good luck!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

Congrats! I too went with a private school. I was laid off from my last job and I took advantage of the One Stop program so my tuition was covered by the state. Anyway, I am looking forward to the test. Did they test you like the following:

Step 1: In Cab, Air Brakes & tug tests Step 2: Pretrip Coupling Step 3: Pretrip on 1 of 3 sections of the combo vehicle Step 4: Straight line back Step 5: Off set to the right OR left Step 6: Parallel park left, parallel park right OR 90 degree alley dock Step 7: 15 mile road test.

It's that way in NJ, I made it all the way to step 7 and I failed for stalling 20+ times. *sigh*

This past July NJ changed the test from what it used to be:

Step 1: Pre trip exterior of combination vehicle Step 2: In cab Pre Trip Strp 3: Air Brakes & Tug Test Step 4: drive 1/4 mile to the yard skills area Step 5: Straight line back Step 6: 45 degree alley dock Step 7: measured right turn Step 8: drive 1/4 mile back to DMV test area.

In RI, you perform your Airbrake tests first and four point brake test (tug tests) Miss any part of the sequence, auto fail. In-cab is next, and a complete pretrip of the tractor and trailer, pretty much as written in the CDL manual, A-Z Straight Back, Parallel (sight side was what I was asked to perform), and an offset. (Again, it was a sight side)

Off to the road 15 mi. or so, including emergency stop, highway driving, ( on off ramps,) some multi lane intersections, secondary roads and railroad crossings simulating carrying hazmat.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Company Drivers for Roehl, USX, Werner, Schneider: your input needed

Just a few of the companies I have pre-hire letters from. I've done some research and yeah, I know they're all about the same according to forum posters. However, if you drive for any of these carriers here's a chance to root for your team, and wave the their flag....your opinion counts.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

The End of The Road....

Was yesterday. I arrived at the test location on a rainy Thursday am. It was a certainty I wouldn't miss wipers on my in cab! I was a bit surprised how nervous I was, figured I'd be a bit more relaxed being a bit older and been in stressful situations before- I just kept waiting to screw up!

It's amazing how stuff you've memorized endlessly seems to disappear when you have to demonstrate it on test day, but all the drilling did pay off. I completed my brake tests without issue, in cab and pre-trip too.

My straight back went well, but when it came time for my offset, just into the maneuver, I was unsure of my position (they use all white cones at the test site, we used all red at the yard. In retrospect, I may have memorized my surroundings in the yard during all those offsets- things just looked odd in the side mirror at the test! I used a get out to confirm my setup- I was all good, just needed to move over a bit more. Got back in the cab, looked in the mirror, and I might as well have been on another planet- I couldn't process it! I used a pull up to straighten out, and in the process killed a cone in front. Whistle! I was getting steamed at myself now. I thought, #$^&$#! Just put it in the box! So I looked in the mirror and got my act together and backed it in, no more trouble.

Finally on parallel, I used a pull up when my line into the box wasn't perfect, and a get out to check my position in the box. As my instructors had told me they're free, use 'em! Glad I did- I was a little close on the box edge, needed to move over a foot or so- didn't want to leave any room for interpretation on the examiner's part. Tweaked my position with a small pull up and I was done. Out to the road.

I ground a few on the road, missed one and even stalled starting from a stop sign (in 5th instead of 3rd) Other than that, it was a go. A pass is a pass.

Off to the registry to get my license today.

I'll say this- If you've got the green, go to a private school. I enjoyed the process and though I probably only learned as much as what a trucking company school would have taught me, it wasn't high stress, go-go. Frustrating at times yes, but a very good experience and just the path I was looking for to get my license.

Good Luck!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

The End is Near:

I have a tentative appointment for my test at the registry next week. I have Saturday to sharpen my skills one last time on the road. I'm feeling pretty good about my backing, we'll see how it goes....

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

RI Red wonders:

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Is it a Swift policy to swap out for a new truck every 5 months?

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I can't say for sure, but truck swapping costs time and money. Would you like to change apartments every 5 months?

I'm more inclined to if I don't have to stuff my couch, dining room furniture and tv into the cab....

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

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A matter of a few inches:

After taking a week off, I was back on the road practicing last week. It seemed I'd lost my rhythm on shifting, and I spent a lot of time recovering gears missed. After a half hour of crummy shifting I determined I was slow on the shift, because I was pushing the clutch pedal too far, instead of the usual two inches. After correcting this newly picked up bad habit, things became a bit smoother again, but I was annoyed that one week off had made me feel so rusty. We'll see how this week plays out.

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FYI, I "lost" my touch, too. I drove a manual truck for 5 months. Got into an automatic for another 5 months, then needed to use a manual shifter again. Grind Grind! But I got back to it after a few miles. I get a new (to me) truck tomorrow. I feel there's personal advantages both ways. Only all the new Swift trucks will be automatics.

I was out this Saturday and much smoother on the shifting- just a hiccup or two on that splitter! Is it a Swift policy to swap out for a new truck every 5 months?

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

A matter of a few inches:

After taking a week off, I was back on the road practicing last week. It seemed I'd lost my rhythm on shifting, and I spent a lot of time recovering gears missed. After a half hour of crummy shifting I determined I was slow on the shift, because I was pushing the clutch pedal too far, instead of the usual two inches. After correcting this newly picked up bad habit, things became a bit smoother again, but I was annoyed that one week off had made me feel so rusty. We'll see how this week plays out.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

RI Red...I'm trying to decided on school...have lots of company sponsored offers but due to "life situations" I am leaning toward private...Think it is my best option...any advise in what to look for down private school road? I like you have put a lot of time into preparing and studying (Thank you TT)Money not really the issue as can get its the after complete training and job placement I worry the most about as that is reason why most of us are choosing to do this...make a career. I'm located in Northern AL and have two private schools within daily driving distance to choose from. One bigger school and one smaller school. Any advice?

I was faced with a similar scenario- two schools to choose from. The bigger school was more well known and about twice the cost of the smaller. I intended to get my permit before beginning, so class time at the school was not my main focus. I was more interested in maximizing my time in the yard backing, and smaller class sizes, so I wouldn't have to wait to get in the seat each day. On the other hand, I wanted to be sure the school was established enough that carriers would hire from their grads. Finally, as I am still employed, I needed a school that was flexible enough to work with my current work schedule.

After visiting the smaller school, reading their online reviews and getting those questions answered, I went with the smaller one. I'm quite happy with it so far- expecting to wrap up in three or four weeks, assuming my road scores continue to improve. I can say I've never had a wont for more time in the yard, and spend as much time as I like practicing, and come and go as I please. Your mileage may vary, but I'd definitely research the points above with the schools to determine that they're accredited or establish enough that recruiters visit and hire from the school.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Drivers with Intermodal Experience

Thanks!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Drivers with Intermodal Experience

I'm looking at a possible job hauling containers for Schneider. (Regional Inter-modal) Any input from drivers (pros/cons) that have experience with hauling from rail yards would be appreciated.

thanks!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting a CDL-The Private School Route

I'm feeling pretty good about my backing in the yard at this point. I've been working this week on parallels and offsets with intentionally poor setups just to get a better feel and practice fixing things when they go wrong.

Although my on-road driving scores are going up, I've had to skip a weekend of practice, but we'll see if it has any effect this coming week when I'm moving in forward direction again...

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