Are Employment Contracts The Real Deal?

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Erin S.'s Comment
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I have recently finished cdl school and signed on to work for the company for a year. We were told that no other company can hire us if we don't finish our year contract, is this possible? I understand that they are collecting the tuition payments throughout the year contract but is it really possible that another company couldn't hire me if they had a better position available? I know about being billed by the school for the money and the financial aspect of it but I'm curious if it's really possible that a company can say another company isn't allowed to hire their employee?

CDL:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Erin, this is correct. You sign a contract agreeing that you will basically work for that year and pay back your tuition. If you decide you see green grass somewhere else, chances are very good that you must pay off the balance owed before you can bail from company #1.

Do a search (search box in the upper right of this page) on non-compete.

Also, Trucking Truth officially recommends you stick with your first company for at least a year before you start job hopping. This is regardless of how you pay for your training.

Moral of this story: make sure you have all your job searching finished up before you sign a contract that has a non-compete clause. Not all companies have this restriction, but if any company finances your trucking school, they will want their money.

Bill S.'s Comment
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Sounds like Erin did company sponsored training more than going to CDL school. Only Jrayl wanted a 10 month contract. .33 cents per mile if you did not sign the ten month contract and .36 cents per mile if you signed the contract. If you left before the contract was up you just had to pay back the .3 cents per mile for every mile driven. Nobody else talked about contracts. Or did I miss something?

CDL:

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Bill, that's right. Contracts have to do with financing the CDL training. Experienced company drivers only need a truck and a dispatch - no contract for that. Then I've seen two main ways student new-hires pay off the school tuition. Either payment/ deduction for the year, or that reduced Cents Per Mile you described. I think those are just two different ways to slice the salami - it comes out the same.

So, no you didn't miss anything. Just remember the trucking industry has such a need for drivers that many companies have set up their own schools, or will pay off your tuition if you drive for them. But the new driver is still responsible to pay it all off - and that's what the contract is for,

CDL:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bill S.'s Comment
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Errol,

I was just confused cause the first sentence said I just finished CDL school. If Erin had said I just went through company training, that would have made more sense. Thank you for clarifying.

Bill

CDL:

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Yup! If you buy a Brand new Ford Truck, and sign all of the Loan Documents ( Contract ), and quit making payments, the Bank takes said Ford Truck and you are still on the hook! Also, failure to fulfill the contract, either by payment in full, or staying for the required period of time, will result in collection efforts. BTW........Those collection agencies can make your life miserable. I know this due to a very nasty and expensive divorce 20 years ago. Ruined my credit and the ability to establish new credit for over a DECADE!! Save yourself the grief and hassle and finish your contract or pay it off. That is the end of my Sermon. Merry Christmas!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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