Profile For Bill F.

Bill F.'s Info

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    Northwest, FL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

Bill F.'s Bio

Born in the early sixties, man life is grand. Traveled the world with a military Dad, then did it again myself with 10 years active duty in the Army. Never saw war but did see a lot of strife. I don't put down other countries but I do love my own above all others. I was taught that you are what you make of yourself and that has proved true everywhere I have been. I have been a working man all of my life and they are now trying to stick me in an office. I won't have it. My health is good, there are a few minor issues, but I will get through them. Received my CDL A through 2 months training at the Panhandle Technical College. I already had a CDL B w/air brakes, so I know a little about the concept of schooling and testing.

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Posted:  21 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Unions

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Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Unions

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So raising driver wages through unionization would help driver wages, would have little or no influence on the profitability of trucking companies, and would hurt the economy in general. Because there are 3.5 million drivers that stand to benefit but 315 million (or so) Americans that would be hurt by higher truck driver salaries, nobody is in any kind of a hurry to unionize trucking. Add to that the fragmentation of the industry which would make unionization a million times more difficult than in an industry with only a few major players (the Airlines for example) and you come to the only conclusion you really can - unionization of the trucking industry is not going to happen anytime soon, if ever.

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The premise of your argument is that of trickle-down economics. Paying workers more, overall, would help the economy, not hurt the economy. Putting money in the workers' hands allows them to buy more goods. The rising tide lifts all ships. Taking the money out of the hands of CEOs and putting it into the hands of the people who do the actual work helps the people who do the actual work. A related idea is that of taxation. Raising taxes on the wealthy is another way to get the money flowing up instead of down. This money could be used to fund our ailing highway infrastructure and to provide more rest stops for trucks.

"You see, Republicans almost universally advocate low taxes on the wealthy, based on the claim that tax cuts at the top will have huge beneficial effects on the economy. This claim rests on research by … well, nobody. There isn’t any body of serious work supporting G.O.P. tax ideas, because the evidence is overwhelmingly against those ideas."

Krugman Article--Tax Policy Dance

If taxing the wealthy doesn't hurt the economy, neither will raising wages hurt the economy.

The other issue is the increasing productivity of American workers in the time frame that you mention. Using data by the U.S. BLS, the average productivity per American worker has increased 400% since 1950. Therefore, “it should only take one-quarter the work hours, or 11 hours per week, to afford the same standard of living as a worker in 1950 (or our standard of living should be 4 times higher). Is that the case? Obviously not. Someone is profiting, it’s just not the average American worker.”

American Productivity

George Carlin said it best: "You have owners. They own you." If the April 12, 2019 wildcat strike I've been hearing about in Black Smoke Matters comes to pass, those owners may have to take a step or two back.

Reagan cut taxes and the economy boomed. 8 years of Obama liberal lunacy and the economy actually contracted (got smaller) for the first time in our history. Trump cuts taxes and the economy booms. And linking to a Krugman piece, the idiot who predicted our economy would actually crash because of tax cuts. What a joke.

No University research needed. We are living it.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Hiring prospects with DUI

It is critically important to get a complete year under your belt. Preferably a year with no incidents/accidents. What do you think will happen if you leave Prime after nine months, and then have an incident in the oil fields that gets you fired. You will then be looking for a job without that complete year of experience. Stay with Prime a year then consider other options. Lots of hazards in oil field trucking.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How much pay should I ask for?

Driving around a bunch of college cheerleaders? And you want pay???

Posted:  2 months ago

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Aggravated Assault by Semi in Florida

Damn, between the impending traffic and violating statues this thread is really starting to creep me out!!

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Violating STATUES is definitely creepy stuff Pman

Posted:  2 months ago

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Does anyone here use a tire pressuer monitoring system?

If you don't gauge your tire pressure, you don't know your tire pressure. Yeah it takes a while, but things that are worth doing, are worth doing right.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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CVSA Officers told not to wake truckers for random inspections

Per the article; "not legally binding". Still a nice thought...

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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FMCSA clarifies personal conveyance - "even if laden"

No, that's not going to be abused at all.

(sarcastic voice mode)

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Happy Halloween and a trivia question.

Just be glad they're not steam trucks, then you'd all be wearing polka dot hats. How would you like to be driving this?

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The ultimate creepy would be if about fifty drivers came out of that dressed as clowns!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Double tax for truck driver

Great question. I live in Texas with no state income tax but work for a large national company with a location in Louisiana and have to pay La. state income tax.

You really need to consult a tax professional. Not the HR Block type but the CPA type. That don't sound right to me.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Halloween and a trivia question.

I prefer a plaid tractor with striped trailer, but I am a rebel...

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Weird Work Assignment

Wise man say... A journey of 27 miles begins with a single step.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Advice

Your gonna need a clean license for a year. Your gonna need a good/true explanation for why it was suspended/expired with documentation. Different companies have different time limits on how recent your felony can be.+

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Use the link above and apply everywhere.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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80 hour tanker class

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50 gallons of water is a little over 400 pounds. Not much of a training load. We had an 6000 gallon tank half full of water at a little over 25000 pounds in our class. It would really slap you around.

Does your company want you to drive a tanker or are you just interested in getting the endorsement? Any of the big companies that run a tanker fleet will have their own training program and you would be paid to attend it as an experienced driver. I would not pay to attend a tanker program.

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I didn't need anything to get the endorsement on my permit. Not sure if it will eventually transfer to my license or not. I just took the test and passed.

All you need to get the tanker endorsement is to pass the test. You don't need to attend a tanker school to do so. Some companies with tanker fleets run their own training programs. Some just require you to have X years of experience driving.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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80 hour tanker class

50 gallons of water is a little over 400 pounds. Not much of a training load. We had an 6000 gallon tank half full of water at a little over 25000 pounds in our class. It would really slap you around.

Does your company want you to drive a tanker or are you just interested in getting the endorsement? Any of the big companies that run a tanker fleet will have their own training program and you would be paid to attend it as an experienced driver. I would not pay to attend a tanker program.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Mcelroy truck lines agility test

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Mcelroy truck lines agility test

According to the Flying Firemen (what a name for a trucker) the following link, on this website, describes the Mcelroy agility test. Info is 9 months old and does state 30 seconds on each foot. If you cannot do this and it is required I would contact Mcelroy directly and find out for sure.

https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-21670/Page-1/mcelroy-truck-lines-orientation

Posted:  3 months ago

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Forum newbie full of newbie questions

You said;

" I have looked at the company and training school reviews here on TruckingTruth.com but to be honest after reading so many reviews they all begin to sound the same. And when researching online (youtube, etc.) for every good experience about any particular company there is an equally bad one."

In many ways the companies are pretty much the same. Moving freight, from the proverbial point A to point B, in the most efficient manner possible. There are only so many ways to skin that cat. As far as online reviews go, you can start and stop here. These folks know their stuff. Concerning which method for obtaining your CDL, whichever route you choose utilize the High Road CDL Training Program, and search this forum for "Texas", they have an additional study requirement from the CDL manual.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Smoking the brakes

Start from when the smoking stops and add 30 minutes.

Also, tell them to stop smoking as it will shorten their lives. Yours too, maybe...

Posted:  3 months ago

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A strong case for much better needed trucker security and the laxing of gun laws nationwide.

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Todd... What exactly is the George Zimmerman mentality?

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A mind to survive at all costs.

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But Zimmerman started the fight got his back side handed to him then he had to go for his gun. So yes Zimmerman did end up having to use deadly force to protect his self in a fight he started.... there are better examples to follow.

Don't let random stories make you think that there is more going on then there really is. Ya it sucks that guy got beaten up but how does that compare to the general population statistically?

Also don't get me wrong I am a big 2nd amendment supporter, it's just I also believe that avoidance is the better way.

Six female jurors did not think he started the fight. And I'm guessing they had access to better info than you do.

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