Profile For Little Debby

Little Debby 's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 3 months ago

Little Debby 's Bio

Was a dry bulk hauler in 2013, driving a 2005 Pete 10 spd pulling a set of Beall dry bulk doubles. Now a ready mix driver for Knife River, driving a Kenworth 8 spd. Getting ready to switch to rock aggregate hauling for Knife River...super solo or doubles? Not sure yet.

Whoa! Nope! Switch gears! 2015; Now driving "truck and pup" for Sherman Brothers Heavy Trucking in Oregon. The Freightliner is an 18 speed so this took some doing learning but now it's a breeze. This is a nice loop job and I'm home by 6pm daily.

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Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

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I agree with Sam C. You will do this run for this amount. Take it or leave it.

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You know it would be a great idea. Reality would kick in. The lazy people would drive that idea right into the river. LD "If I'm getting payed for the load, I'm just going to take my sweet time."

Sandman, I get what you're saying here. In our case here, if that person dragged his feet he would miss the chance to preload for the next day. For us it's deliver/ load/deliver/ load/deliver/ annnnnd,,, preload. If the slacker was dawdling all day he'd miss the preload because the mill would have closed for the night. Simply said, he's not performing and has no excuse; so he would be terminated.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

Sam C just to give you some perspective on what has affected ALL workers in the US: If the minimum wage had kept pace with the general cost of living from the 1970s until right now; at this point in 2015, minimum wage should be sitting at $26.00/hr. To stay relative to the cost of living. So what does that tell you? We're ALL screwed. ALL workers. Not just truckers. Be grateful you found A WAY to do this job that you find joy in and survive. I think if we adjust our standard of living to the current economic environment we have been saddled with, continue honing our skill set and maintaining our professionalism, we are some lucky, lucky dogs.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

I agree with Sam C. You will do this run for this amount. Take it or leave it.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

This has been very interesting to read. How do you guys feel about being paid a % per load? I'm hauling scrap steel and being paid that way. So many, sooo many things can boof up my schedule and I don't get the runs in that I need to make it a good pay day. I sort of feel like a log truck driver now. Except I refuse to drive like a lunatic. When the gods shine in my favor, I can gross $1200.00/wk. Otherwise it's anyones' guess. I think I agree with Old School about the gist of the whole thing; you simply MUST be willing to embrace the lifestyle. Mine is a local job; yet feels like 12 on 12 off. It will pay and it will not pay. You simply have to accept that and be grateful for the opportunity to live/work in an environment that fits certain personality types to an absolute T. And you trucking personality types know who you are! In the whole ridiculous scheme of things, the whole absurdity of humanity and western capitalism, it is a glorious job. I must say; if you feel compelled to wrangle and fight it, it's not for you and you should search for a better fit because you deserve a good fit. Life is short. :)

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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I can't find a job

Hello Spirit! Hey just a thought. While you're getting into the groove with Swift, start researching where their terminals are and cross reference that with where you'd like to "live". It sounds like you wanna leave the TX fam behind, and get gone. So get gone via Swift. Then when you've outgrown Swift (which I'm sure you will) you can pick up a nicer gig in the area you'd enjoy living in! (Been there done this! ;D) Good luck girl!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Recruiting Women?

If your company doesn't have strength tests where the applicant has to lift 100 lbs or even 75 lbs, you should tout that to the women. Also, if you want to advocate for safety equality and consideration for your smaller/weaker employees you should offer things like 43" pull hooks for the 5th wheel pin, long cheater bars for binders, automatic in cab side mirror adjusters, for example. Do your trucks' front bumpers have a welded step or a cutout hole for stepping on to pull the hood? A woman will want that. Show that you want your women to work smarter not harder. Hope this helps.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Young lady interested in tanker

Taybaby17 does Schneider pull food grade tankers? If you haul anything food grade, your tanker will not have baffles. Your load will move in dangerous ways. Just FYI. Good luck, girl.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Those Craigslist Jobs!

Yes that's true about having to weed out the nonsense. One good way to weed out the junk is by simply emailing their address or even texting if a phone number is given, and begin a convo. It won't take long to see if they're shysters you should bypass. And if you don't want to work for the mega companies, you'll soon recognize their very, repetitious, ad copy, and you can bypass that as well. I recently learned to enter 'key' words into the "Transport" page in the jobs section. For example I typed in 'belly dump' and a lot of specific types of trucking jobs popped up; some older jobs, some far away jobs, but still; it gave good results. If you're looking for something specific and tailored to your needs, watch Craigs closely and when you think you see one, POUNCE on it! MEOW!!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Those Craigslist Jobs!

PS: Also ladies, I'd like to share that I've started a Facebook page for Women in the Trades. Please do feel free to join and infoshare! Thanks Brett! https://www.facebook.com/RedHardhatSociety?fref=ts

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Those Craigslist Jobs!

Hey ladies,

Just updating my profile and thought I'd drop a note in here too. After exactly one year driving readymix with Knife River I decided rather than graduate from "yellowhat" to "orangehat" on my one year anniversary, I'd leave KR. I wanted to move into dump and pup but was unsuccessful extracting myself from their readymix division. So out the door and don't let it hitcha!

I found an ad Craigslist for dump and pup work. I applied for it and lo and behold, it was a company I drooled over 30 years ago! So I hired on immediately. Of course the economy and company clients have changed and such, but things are very good with the job. I picked it up so fast that after only three weeks of dump and pup looping, I'm going to do some training in flatbedding with sideboards next week. A loop running wire coil from Oregon to Tacoma once a day. I'm sure I'll love it because it involves LEARNING and TRAINING; something we ladies should ALWAYS embrace!

Anyhow, back to Craigslist. It's evident to me now that EVERYONE uses it to hire drivers. Not just the companies that have revolving doors. Even the quality ones use it. The job I found with Sherman Brothers only has five drivers in this division. So I am one of only five. It's great experience. Just saying if you were thinking of trash talking Craigslist work, think again girls! Happy trucking!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Feeling useless at 52.

Nahhh you are never too old to do this. I got my CDL back after a 20 yr hiatus pushing pencils around. I'm 58 now and driving a 10.5 yard KW Readymixer for Knife River Corp. All you need is some PPE and cojones! ^-^ Go for it!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

If only!!! I love the Florida Keys - there must be a way to swing this... hahaha!! Well Knife River starts rookie drivers at $16.47/hr. They are ALL about safety. So the rookies have to watch a bazillion DVDs on safety, then get quizzed and tested on everything they've watched. As you plow through the booster seat sized textbook and the DVDs, your pay changes. After a few chapters you receive $18.53/hr. Then once you complete that training and get 90 days in, you go to scale which is $20.59/hr. All through this, you will also receive overtime after 10 hrs/day. At the scale rate, overtime is $30.88. I've hit that a few times so far but not much. Yet it does feel good to say you could potentially get that per hour!! The down side is that the guys who've been there over a decade still get $20.59/hr. So as far as perks go for folks with seniority, let's just say it ain't like the old Teamsters days... The guys often talk about special jobs that pay something called "Prevailing Wage" which I don't understand yet. But Prevailing Wage is something like $45.00/hr! Can you imagine?? Pick me! Pick me!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

Hmm Starcar, if only we were 20 again...HAA! But, you got me wondering...so I rang up the Knife River people in North Dakota to get the true scoop on the work over there. Because yeah, I've been hearing crazy stories too (reminds me a bit of fishing tales). Turns out the hourly pay for drivers stays the same. But they do provide you a little "COLA" money to counter the cost of the rental housing; in this case, $300/week extra. And the driving work with them stops November 1. At which point all their drivers go back home for the winter. Interesting, huh?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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More Questions

My Maine Coon cat Gustaf used to sprawl across the dash in the sun while I hauled beer from PDX to LA twice a week. He never caused trouble in the cab but one time he snuck outside in San Bernadino while offloading. I got the call 30 miles N from their loading dock office. When I returned, Gustaf was laying all over the papers on the mgr's desk, looking at me like "It's about time"!! And getting petted by everyone. hahaha, It was a pretty funny scene!.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

Ohhhhh,,,,...no. Nope. Nooooo no no no no no. Never heard anything good about the Bakken.

Take a look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vevLz332k1o

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

Thanks for your prayers Cole! And good luck with the starter job! The main thing is, we ladies want to do what makes us happy. We have a right to be happy. We choose this because we dig it. There is so much work available out there now it's amazing. Just as an example, please see www.kniferiver.com click on careers, type 'driver' into the search. watch what comes up across the USA....

Cheers!

debby

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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How much strength is required?

Congratulations! I just wanted to add there are sooo many different types of trucking out there. I agree with Starcar regarding flatbedding. That'd be the toughest because of chaining down the load and tarping. Local driving might present more physical work too, due to you making local deliveries. I've hauled dry bulk cement and wet concrete both locally, and there is quite a bit of physical work to both of those. Dry van or Reefer long haul is probably the best for less physical work. Things may have changed by now but back in the 80s' when I would pick up bananas at the L.A. docks, I had to help the longshoremen roll the boxes down the rollers into the trailers. If I recall, I think it was me and my other driver who had to stack the load because the union longshoremen were forbidden to step inside the trailers. So they put the boxes on the rollers and gave them a big shove down to us at the front of the trailer. That was always a workout. Hope this little anecdote helps!

Cheers!

Debby

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

Footnote: Why I'm Local/ I'm doing local readymix because my sons' father found out last Nov he has terminal cancer and I felt it was a good idea to stay local for 2014. But we just learned today he's been upgraded from 'terminal' to 'living with cancer'. My sons moved back in with him to help with the transition to the end but that's all changed now. So once my sons move back out for new jobs and such, I'll probably try to work 11 western or maybe work temporary out of state construction projects for Knife River. The possibilities are endless. :)

Cheers!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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The World of Readymix Trucking

Glad to be of help to you, Boots! (OMG I clearly remember my Dad hitting the roof when I told him I was dropping out of private art college to drive trucks; even 35 yrs ago!) LOL. But now, after many other jobs, I'm back at it again because it gets in your blood.

Are you saying you'll not pursue readymix now? The readymix job is normally permanent/full time. It's just that it slows down come November at which point you would normally file for unemployment. That's cool if you can collect; I learned in my case I cannot collect much since I'm a Fed retiree. Which is why I'm now trying to diversify my talents. It's a good job for certain life situations; like wanting to stay near home, or run local, while gaining experience. It only requires the Class B CDL for readymix. To advance to aggregate or transfer trucks requires Class A CDL.

Can you share the handicap story on our forum? I was pre-tripping a running truck during training in March and broke 2 fingers in the fanbelt/pulley, if you can believe that. I'm lucky to still have the fingers. They just sent me off for xrays/splints and kept on training me. Knife River Corp is awesome. I'm doing physical therapy for the rest of the year and the funny thing is wrapping your fingers around a steering wheel is a large part of the P/T ! hahaha

But the readymixers are bigger than road trucks. They are pseudo pieces of heavy equipment. They are higher up than road trucks. The steer tires are massive. The Cat engine is a howler!! And they are a kick to drive!

Don't listen to your Dad. You're the one driving your life, not him. ^-^

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Mother Truckers !!!

Thank you!

Yes, I found chocolates on the breakroom table that week! hahaha

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