What’s My Next Step/move

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Brian M.'s Comment
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I work for a company that runs class b straight trucks and class a tractors. I was approach and asked to step up to a class A license to move up to road tractor. I asked why and response was; we have a class a driver that is getting demoted because of reckless driving and we need you to step up and be ready to go when new tractors come in. So I complied and passed my class A cdl road test this past Tuesday. Well Friday rolls around and one new tractor is brought in and given to our OTR driver which means his older tractor a 2018 Freightliner is open. Thinking I would be given this spot/tractor only to find out the so-called demoted driver is given this newer tractor and I am left in my class b straight truck. So do I confront my supervisor for the obvious lies or do I just suck it up and play along and begin looking elsewhere?

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.

OTR:

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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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If you like working there hang tight because you now have your class A. Doesn't sound like they would ask you to do that if they didn't plan for you to move up. Even if you decide to leave if you're not happy you have your class A. Now you'll probably have to go through training if you leave for another company. Good luck hope things work out for you.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Brian, good communication is always stressed here. Do you feel comfortable approaching your supervisor in a respectful, non- confrontational manner? If so, do it so this will stop bugging you. Also, did your employer pay for the costs associated with the license upgrade?

Getting your class A is a big deal. Congratulations on doing that and don’t rock the boat while you may not understand all the factors involved. Let us know what happens with your situation.good-luck.gif

Brian M.'s Comment
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If you like working there hang tight because you now have your class A. Doesn't sound like they would ask you to do that if they didn't plan for you to move up. Even if you decide to leave if you're not happy you have your class A. Now you'll probably have to go through training if you leave for another company. Good luck hope things work out for you.

Brian, good communication is always stressed here. Do you feel comfortable approaching your supervisor in a respectful, non- confrontational manner? If so, do it so this will stop bugging you. Also, did your employer pay for the costs associated with the license upgrade?

Getting your class A is a big deal. Congratulations on doing that and don’t rock the boat while you may not understand all the factors involved. Let us know what happens with your situation.good-luck.gif

To answer both; yes, I really do like working for this company and would hate to leave. However, this isn’t the first “lie” I have witnessed.

As far as the question did they pay for my license upgrade; No. I was told that they would but they didn’t. Only thing they “paid for” for letting me use one of their tractors to test in. My supervisor is a good friend and I was former preacher before he moved and relocated about 45 min away. So tough situation. Thanks everyone!

Old School's Comment
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So do I confront my supervisor for the obvious lies or do I just suck it up and play along and begin looking elsewhere?

Brian, don't limit yourself to the option of sucking it up or confronting them. How about starting a conversation or dialogue? You can start it like this, "Hey, I really appreciate you guys helping me get my class A license. Do we have a plan yet to help me gain some experience using it?" That's a non confrontational way to get a conversation started that will help you understand what's going on. Right now you've already made up your mind these guys are liars and I don't want to work for liars. As a business owner myself, I've seen thousands of times where my employees jumped to a conclusion like you have without understanding a lot of other factors that were behind my decisions.

Tread carefully. If you like working there, I wouldn't start making accusations and being confrontational. They obviously wanted you to have a class A license - they encouraged it and helped you obtain it. Stay the course and find out what their plans are for your future.

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