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Art A.'s Comment
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Hello. I have gotten class A in September.

I worked on a packer for 2 weeks but then lost the job because I wasn't part of the union.

I have been looking for work but most will have me go out for a week or two. I contacted one company but they wanted hazmat. So I did it. While I am waiting. I have been looking around.

I would like to know if there are companies that you generally know of who hire newbies and would let you come home every night or day?

Would take a class B job if there is such a thing.

Also is it worth it to get the M ( metal coil ) or W ( tow ) endorsement?

Reside in NYC if that means anything. But am willing to relocate.

Thank you for your time.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Susan D. 's Comment
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My employer does offer home daily jobs for drivers living in or near Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, Cedar Rapids, IA, or South St. Paul, MN.

Chicago local drivers generally need 6 months of regional or OTR first. We are in the process of considering new terminal locations in Carlisle, PA and Nashville, TN, but my guess is those locations might be a year or two from reality.

You might get lucky and be able to find an LTL position right from the start. That very much depends on location.. Some areas will, some won't hire a rookie fresh out of school. I don't do LTL so I'm not much help there but we do have a couple drivers here that started right into LTL.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Do you live in Manhattan or one of the boroughs? Look at what companies have local deliveries in your area and talk with those drivers. You may also be able to get yard dog work. Why do you need to be home daily?


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Art A.'s Comment
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Take care of friends mom.

One of the boroughs.

Old School's Comment
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Would take a class B job if there is such a thing.

There should be lots of opportunities in the boroughs for class B jobs. I see little box trucks all over the place when I'm in the boroughs, they're like ants running around their ant bed. I don't know where to tell you to look, because I just don't know anything about those jobs, but I can assure you they are abundant in that area. I think there are even some companies that specialize in bringing freight into the boroughs that major carriers will drop at a yard outside of New York City.

Here's what I would do...

Google any CDL training programs in New York City. Once you've compiled a short list of schools, then start calling them and tell them you are looking for a class B Job, and ask them if they can put you in contact with someone who is needing drivers.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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It’s been a while, since I’ve been here. If your job required you to be in a union and are not in union, did they offer the opportunity to join the union? Also, is it worth it to join a union?


LDRSHIP's Comment
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There are advantages and disadvantages to both. (Union and Non Union). Unions were created to protect workers. Even though union jobs 'pay more'; I doubt you will make more actual money as you will have union dues to pay. Unions do generally have some perks. Usually have guaranteed holiday pay and/or holidays off. Unions tend to have good medical and retirement benefits. On the downside, since unions are not nearly as popular as they once were many of them are having financial difficulties. Especially when it comes to their pension funds. Granted unions are one of the few places left you will find pensions. Nowadays you can't just work for someone for 20 years and expect some kind of retirement benefit. The finances of retirement have been placed on an individuals shoulders with the invention of 401Ks and IRAs.

TBH, I am surprised unions are not growing again. Since we (the American business) has gotten away from taking care of their workers again. There was a good long period that businesses did take care of their workers. Granted, more probably did it to prevent union intrusion than some moral imperative to take care of loyal workers. But that time has passed. Now employers only care for workers in so much as is required. Granted it is far more than it was before the invention of unions.


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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Even though union jobs 'pay more'; I doubt you will make more actual money as you will have union dues to pay.

Union dues won't come close to the additional money you'll make being in the Union. This is classic rhetoric that companies will spread when they're trying to avoid being unionized.

TBH, I am surprised unions are not growing again. Since we (the American business) has gotten away from taking care of their workers again.

I agree completely. Blue collar wages and benefits across the board have dropped considerably, while data shows that large corporations have the highest level of profits and cash on hand than at any time in history.

There are a ton of changes happening right now and it's impossible to say where it's all going.


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LDRSHIP's Comment
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Some of those union dues are pretty steep, lol. Even in the end if you don't make more money, there are still benefits that unions have. One thing unions do is reward seniority. The longer you are in a union the better paying jobs become available.

Then again, I have seen the negative impact of unions. There was a Peterbilt factory in Madison, TN. The union went on strike. Peterbilt's answer was to close up shop. Now the building is a police station and a MTA (Metro Transit Authority) bus yard.

I'm neither for or against unions. I do think they have their place and use. I do believe it is time for them to make a return. The American business has gotten away from taking care of their workers. Then again silly me thinks the worst thing to happen to the trucking industry in the last 50 years was deregulation. Sure regulation restricted who could haul freight. Sure it set a maximum price you could charge to haul freight. It also set a minimum price that was to be charged for hauling freight. Trucking has been in decline ever since deregulation. I am sure all of the small mom n pop operations and owner ops may disagree with me, but it is my opinion.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joseph D.'s Comment
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Have you checked Craigslist? I'm near Chicago and there is always jobs posted on there. Also look into beer,pop, and grocery distributors.

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