Union Or Not

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Clyff A.'s Comment
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I'm new to all this the only experience I have is about 100 hrs driving in cdl training. I've been laid off from the railroad and it's been a while since I've got a check. So I'm just looking to make money like us all, I've recently got two job offers one is a side dump truck hauling dirt for a small local company and the other is the teamsters pipeline which I'm not real sure what they'll have me do I assume haul pipe anyway I'm just wondering pay difference and expectations out of each if any of you have some info on this it will be greatly appreciated and thanks for your time


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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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If it says TEAMSTERS - than it's probably a union job.

I'm assuming this is a DRIVING JOB?

Most folks on here, will be typically, errr, anti-union. Fact of the matter is, most of the companies we typical see on here (Prime, Swift, etc.) are NOT UNION SHOPS.

Others (Fedex, UPS), might be.

It's more a matter of whether or not, the job pay & benefits are to your liking and meet your needs.

If this particular one does (meet your needs/requirements), than it being union or not, shouldn't prevent you from trying to get the gig.

It's not like joining a cult or anything. If you leave that job, and go to a different company, it's not like you MAY ONLY GO TO a new job that is a UNION SHOP.

OTOH - if the job is one where you have to go to the UNION HALL EVERY DAY for "shape-up", in order to go out to work, then keep in mind jobs like that go by SENIORITY, and you may not actually get out every day.

I'm a member for the longshoremans union here in Fort Lauderdale (ILA 1526) and that's the way it works there (daily shape-up) - so I rarely bothered to go out.

Many people resent having to pay union dues, for little perceived benefit. But what it comes down to, is the BOTTOM LINE - how much gets taken out for the union, how much it affects your take-home, and if you find that acceptable or not.


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