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Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Approved for home time three weeks ago. Currently I am nowhere near home terminal

Double Barrel, there is so much here that just doesn't make sense. I've never experienced any thing like what you're telling us is happening.

First off you list yourself as an experienced driver - all I can say is most experienced drivers know how to get their home time handled. Also your complaining about the load they gave you sending you 150 miles in the wrong direction. That's quite common, and any experienced driver should know that sometimes your route home may go in the wrong direction several times before you finally get there.

It's also odd that a western regional driver would be sent to the Norteast, but stranger things have happened.

According to the time line you laid out, you've still got five days until the date you requested to be home. I don't understand why you're panicking, that's enough time for a good solo driver to cross the country and get halfway back again!

All this talk from you about Qualcomm messages being legally binding contracts, and wanting to get lawyers and the labor board involved makes me think you may vey well be a problem child that needs to step back and take a look in the mirror. I can assure you if you are hard to deal with, they won't mind if you decide to move on, in fact they might even give you a reason to go.

I hope I'm wrong about you, but usually a professional and polite conversation with your DM will have this situation handled quickly and painlessly. You didn't really indicate that this is a common experience for you so I'm assuming it's something new. I wouldn't panic like this and start posting on forums when you're still five days away from your requested home time. Those dates you request are never set in stone, and they certainly aren't legal contracts.

I'm not trying to insult you, but you just sound like a rookie that doesn't have the experience yet at knowing how to deal with dispatch in a professional way.

Hang tight - talk calmly and professionally with your dispatcher on Monday. You're not so far away that they can't get you home. I'll bet they have you home by no later than the Monday following the Friday you requested.

One more curiosity of mine, are you a lease operator, or being paid percentage pay? I don't understand why you're complaining about "low paying loads."

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Concerning the Qualcomm message being a legally binding contract, I obtained that information from a Trucking Truth article which I will add the link to here. It is an article entitled "Understanding Rights In The Trucking Industry" by Dave Ashelman. https://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-3329/understanding-rights-in-the-trucking-industry

I consider myself as a person who compromises. I have done every load they have asked me to do with the exception of a new load after they cancelled a previous load while I was in transit to the shipper. I let them know I had to see a Qualcomm message stating I would be paid for the 80 empty miles of travel. Moreover, my DM stated that the planner promised I would be paid for them. As of my paycheck this Friday, those 80 empty miles haven't appeared on my paycheck.

Also, I have heard stories where Western Express will give a driver a load in route to home that the driver ends up hanging onto while on hometime only to be delivered after they return from hometime. If I end up getting back to Fontana, CA the following Monday 07/18/2016, after all my numerous experiences of being let down, I do not want them sticking me with a held over load that has to deliver on Wednesday 07/20/2016 since that is the date I specified I would return to work. I do not want them to cut my days short.

I am a company driver who is paid on a scale and on per diem. 1-100 miles is 61cpm. 101-300 miles is 20cpm, and 301 miles plus is 16cpm. Per diem/travel allowance is at 14cpm.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Approved for home time three weeks ago. Currently I am nowhere near home terminal

Double Barrel, there is so much here that just doesn't make sense. I've never experienced any thing like what you're telling us is happening.

First off you list yourself as an experienced driver - all I can say is most experienced drivers know how to get their home time handled. Also your complaining about the load they gave you sending you 150 miles in the wrong direction. That's quite common, and any experienced driver should know that sometimes your route home may go in the wrong direction several times before you finally get there.

It's also odd that a western regional driver would be sent to the Norteast, but stranger things have happened.

According to the time line you laid out, you've still got five days until the date you requested to be home. I don't understand why you're panicking, that's enough time for a good solo driver to cross the country and get halfway back again!

All this talk from you about Qualcomm messages being legally binding contracts, and wanting to get lawyers and the labor board involved makes me think you may vey well be a problem child that needs to step back and take a look in the mirror. I can assure you if you are hard to deal with, they won't mind if you decide to move on, in fact they might even give you a reason to go.

I hope I'm wrong about you, but usually a professional and polite conversation with your DM will have this situation handled quickly and painlessly. You didn't really indicate that this is a common experience for you so I'm assuming it's something new. I wouldn't panic like this and start posting on forums when you're still five days away from your requested home time. Those dates you request are never set in stone, and they certainly aren't legal contracts.

I'm not trying to insult you, but you just sound like a rookie that doesn't have the experience yet at knowing how to deal with dispatch in a professional way.

Hang tight - talk calmly and professionally with your dispatcher on Monday. You're not so far away that they can't get you home. I'll bet they have you home by no later than the Monday following the Friday you requested.

One more curiosity of mine, are you a lease operator, or being paid percentage pay? I don't understand why you're complaining about "low paying loads."

Hello, sir. Thank you for your response. First of all, I have been driving two years and three months. Should I put on my personal description that I am still a rookie? I was told by a few other fellow drivers that after two years of driving professionally that it changed a driver's status.

I work for Western Express. This is my third month of employment with them. Yes, I agree that it sounds strange that a western regional driver would be sent out northeast, but I was. In orientation, the W.E. representative prewarned us that if we were to accept a load out of the western region, such as Texas, that we shouldn't be surprised if we're sent to New York City afterward.

As stated above, I didn't send any Macros accepting the preplan nor the load itself. I understand what you are stating about "panick". Normally, I do not panick. With my previous company, I would stay on truck for four months at least because I knew I could submit my home time request within two weeks and get home on time. However, this entire month of being trapped over in the northeast and low paying runs has put me in a financial situation where I am somewhat at the mercy of taking all the loads that I can even if it turns out after taxes that I make $200 for the week. On average, when I was doing western regional, I was making less than that weekly. My best pay with Western Express was the load I took to get to the northeastern U.S. That was around $900 after taxes. Each time I would pick up a trailer whether it was empty or preloaded, there would always be something that needed to be fixed. I am not one of those drivers that will drive illegally nor leave the task of repair to the next driver. Furthermore, I was at their Bethlehem PA terminal shut down for a week since my truck's A/C was not working correctly. However, they only pay three days maximum for breakdown. So paired with being out of service for repairs and driving 1000 miles maximum per week, my weekly paychecks have not been something one can survive on.

Also, I do talk courteously and professionally to my driver manager. My background is actually customer service and office positions. When I attended university, my major was English so I am well versed in speaking proper English and extending courtesy and respect in a two-dimensional format of communication. My driver manager is the third manager I've had since being at this company and I was put on her fleet when I was in transit to NH unbeknownst to me. They have a habit of switching one's driver manager and do not tell you about it. They had two driver managers resign when I started employment.

I am suspect concerning a company newbie survey I filled out online on a Friday the last week of May. It inquired my impression of the company. I thought the survey was to help them better themselves as a company. Thus, I responded honestly and stated that their Qualcomm communication was lacking and that it was difficult to speak to someone on the phone because no one would answer.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Approved for home time three weeks ago. Currently I am nowhere near home terminal

Do you work for one of the Megas? Most of them make it a point to honor Hometime requests. I work for Swift, they have a reputation of making sure drivers get home as close as possible to requested dates. If you work for a smaller Carrier, freight towards home can be a problem. At least they aren't keeping you parked!

Yes, sir. I work for Western Express. Well, they keep me parked on the weekends even if I still have sixty hours left to drive. Thank you.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Approved for home time three weeks ago. Currently I am nowhere near home terminal

Hello and than you for reading my inquiry and/or providing solutions. I appreciate any advice given.

I am a western regional driver who was sent on a load from southern CA to NH. I didn't accept the preplan nor load. It was forced dispatched onto my truck. My company stuck me out in the northeast U.S. for a month doing low paying loads. Additionally, my DM gave me hope that she would get me back to my home terminal in Fontana, CA. However, then she let me know there were barely any loads going back to CA and that the planner would "load me up" over in the northeast. In order to get back home after being let down, I put in home time request three weeks in advance for Friday, July 15, 2016. I figured that would give them enough time to get me home on time. No such luck. It is now Sunday, 07/10/2016 and I am in Lake Station, IN. My DM isn't in the office until tomorrow. Weekend dispatch gave me a load for tomorrow, Monday 07/11 for pick up in Des Plaines, IL to delivery in Knoxville, TN. I haven't accepted the preplan or load and once again it was forced dispatched onto my truck. This load, if I pick it up, will just add 150 more miles to the 2016 miles I am already distanced from my home terminal.

My questions are the following: Can a trucking company legally keep a driver from getting home on time? I know they can lie and say there is no freight, but if a trucker gave three weeks advance notice, isn't the trucking company bound to their agreement? Is the Qualcomm message requesting home time and my DM's response of "you got it" a legally binding contract? Can a driver refuse a dispatched load when it is only obvious it will delay arrival to approved home time location/terminal? And last question, can a labor lawyer help in this situation or is it just useless and I should just accept I am stuck on this truck until I die? LOL

Any sound and pertinent advice is welcome. Thank you again.

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