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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Keep in mind location makes a huge difference too. i ran a family business in philly 20 years ago. human resources was one of my many hats. Back then BCBS Personal Choice PPO was $2500 per month for a family!!! partly because we only had 90 employees. my dad paid the whole thing as the employer, but when the economy tanked. he couldnt afford that and asked for contributions. employees got ****ed.

Jason R.'s Comment
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That makes sense, thank you very much, I thank everyone’s input.

Keep in mind location makes a huge difference too. i ran a family business in philly 20 years ago. human resources was one of my many hats. Back then BCBS Personal Choice PPO was $2500 per month for a family!!! partly because we only had 90 employees. my dad paid the whole thing as the employer, but when the economy tanked. he couldnt afford that and asked for contributions. employees got ****ed.

MissIncognito's Comment
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Try Christian healthcare ministry, it's like a co-op and perfect for larger families.

Greg M.'s Comment
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If you do decide to move have you ever considered Ryder? I started with them in April and their benefits are very good. Much like the ones I had in my previous career with a major financial services firm. I don't have their heath-care numbers it front of me but when I was looking at my enrollment info they looked very reasonable, I just don't need it from them.

The jobs/pay they have available depends on the account you are on. I am on an auto parts account and I love it. Guarantee of $1325/week and the most miles I have done in a week has been 2800 and I am out a most 3 nights a week.

Ryder operates a little different than your typical freight company since basically everything is dedicated accounts.

Jason R.'s Comment
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I applied at 2 companies and one sent in a verification, that was actually a blessing in disguise because the company I work for offered to help offset the insurance cost to bring it down to a more affordable number for my family. So I agreed and the company also agreed to look into changing plans up to make it more affordable for all 125 drivers. Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

G-Town's Comment
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I applied at 2 companies and one sent in a verification, that was actually a blessing in disguise because the company I work for offered to help offset the insurance cost to bring it down to a more affordable number for my family. So I agreed and the company also agreed to look into changing plans up to make it more affordable for all 125 drivers. Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

Jason that’s fantastic.

I hope your post will prompt other drivers to try their absolute best to work things out with their current employer before jumping ship. Just think of all the aggravation you just saved yourself.

Safe travels.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Man, that's really awesome to hear! Really glad you talked it out with them.

Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

Great communication is super critical to your happiness and success at any company. You must be doing a lot of things right because a company will do anything it can to keep a great driver happy.

Being able to stay where you're at is a really big deal. So many times people jump from job to job and all they wind up doing is trading one set of problems for another. You worked out your problems with the company and now everyone wins. They keep a great driver, you get to keep a job you're happy with and get lower insurance costs to boot.

That's the way to do it! Great job. I don't know how it could have worked out any better. I think this is the best case scenario.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We had a comment come in that had some good information but it was also laced with some baloney so I'll put the good information here for you to consider:

There are plenty of options on the insurance exchange. Compare the nuts and bolts of your plan to the costs on the exchange. You'll find that most companies offer junk insurance with high deductibles....

[I recommend] looking for a line-haul position at one of the LTL companies: UPS, UPS FREIGHT has local opportunities; FedEx has many opportunities; YRC, ABF. All of these companies offer what you need excellent pay and benefits. UPS is in a tentative agreement on a new contract: .96cpm for teams and $20.50 - $34.79 per hour for local positions. YRC is getting a new contract next year and is hiring big time. Insurance at YRC is free. That's right I said FREE and it's platinum insurance. If you don't know what platinum insurance is then you haven't thoroughly investigated your insurance needs.

This comes from someone with a lot of driving experience and has been working at YRC for the past two years.

LTL:

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Jason R.'s Comment
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You are absolutely right. No doubt I hate starting over somewhere, I have made that mistake in the past. I told a recruiter where I work that I was only looking into insurance plans and then a company errantly sent in a verification when it was a no contact, I wasn’t really looking to leave I just wanted some insight into other peoples plans that had a comparison in employee size to bring to the attention of my current employer and bam, it got things taken care of

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I applied at 2 companies and one sent in a verification, that was actually a blessing in disguise because the company I work for offered to help offset the insurance cost to bring it down to a more affordable number for my family. So I agreed and the company also agreed to look into changing plans up to make it more affordable for all 125 drivers. Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

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Jason that’s fantastic.

I hope your post will prompt other drivers to try their absolute best to work things out with their current employer before jumping ship. Just think of all the aggravation you just saved yourself.

Safe travels.

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