Bait And Switch?

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Voyager's Comment
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Hey guys and gals, I've been driving for Leonard's Express for 3 months now as a local night driver. During the interview and orientation they explained to me that i would just be delivering to various customers within 300 miles(which is great), but they never told me that i would also be doing yard jockey work as well for some of these places. i asked them about that and they told that they also contract out the night drivers for companies that need jockeys. if i have known that i probably would not have taken the position(i reaaaalllly dont like yard work). what would you guys do in my position? am i being unrealistic and just suck it up?

Thanks in advance

Navypoppop's Comment
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It depends on how much you like working for this company. If they are paying you by the hour it would seem like any and all your required duties are being compensated. If you are paid by the load or the mile then basically you are working for free. Size up the total outlook on this job before making a drastic decision that could cause you to look for another job.

Voyager's Comment
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It depends on how much you like working for this company. If they are paying you by the hour it would seem like any and all your required duties are being compensated. If you are paid by the load or the mile then basically you are working for free. Size up the total outlook on this job before making a drastic decision that could cause you to look for another job.

I am payed by the hour. Im just worried that they are slowly moving me into the yard jockey position, went from doing it once a week, to almost every night now

Rainy D.'s Comment
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First i would talk to dispatch or management or whoever assigns you and ask if this is a permanent thing. maybe they are short on drivers and when they fill some positions they will go back to.once a week. Is it a seniority thing? Last guy hired, first one to jockey? As you build seniority, maybe you wont have to do it.

Also, consider the pay and job. Local driving near me pays about $26 per hour. yard dogs get paid $18 per hour. thats a huge difference. So if you are getting paid more with less responsibility...maybe it is worth it.

but you shouldnt hate your job either.

i would try to ask and ride it out if they give the impression things will get easier.

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