Fired From Swift

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Mark A.'s Comment
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I have been planning to pursue a CDL A license for a while. Last year I obtained an insurance license. Earlier this year, I obtained a real estate license. I wanted to wait to start CDL A school until I finished obtaining a real estate license. So I started class on Monday, May 13. Right away, I tell the instructor I had to see the dentist at some point, as I was having dental pain. She tells me a good time would be after the drug test and physical we would be taking that day. So I go do the drug test and physical. I was the first one to test out of the class. That gave me time to go see the dentist. I go see the dentist. Next thing I know, I find out I'm dropped from the class. And the reason they state for me being dropped? I skipped the drug test, yet I have copies of the drug test paperwork showing the hair sample that was taken from me. And I'm certain I passed, as I don't use drugs. So my first day I get dropped for doing what I spoke to the instructor about, and then they claim I skipped the drug test, so I can never go back to Swift. My concern is that my 2 hours in the classroom would negatively impact my ability to get in with another company. I do have the paperwork to prove I took the drug test. To me, this seems like a mafia. You can't drive for Swift, then Swift will try to make you ineligible to drive anywhere.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Whoa there Mark, Swift is not the Mafia or anything close.

Didn't you know about your dental issue before you came to class? There is something you are not telling us because your story just doesn't make sense.

G-Town's Comment
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Troll.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I heard that Swift has a policy: Be true to your teeth and they will never be false to you.

Mark must have violated that policy.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Yeah I'm confused. 😳

Mark A.'s Comment
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Actually, I had a conversation with my recruiter just last week about the possibility I would need to go see the dentist. I was getting discomfort that fluctuated. And not being in very good financial condition at the moment, I was hoping I would not need to go in and get this tooth root canaled, but that is what was needed. That's $1,200 for the root canal. My recruiter explicitly that should I need to go see the dentist, I would just speak to my instructor and it should be fine. I did just that. Nothing indicated it would be a problem for me to go see the dentist.

Leaving something out? Like what? What I just shared is fact. I took the drug test. That was Monday. I have a copy of my paperwork. After I did so, I went to see the dentist. As I was finishing up with the dentist, I receive a text telling me I was dropped from the class. Presumably because I went to see the dentist, which I thought was fine, per the conversation I had with the instructor. They then gave the stated reason to my recruiter me being dropped was that I skipped the drug test, and my recruiter notified me I can't even start over next week. I even notified my recruiter that I did take the drug test and sent her a copy of the drug screen paperwork. She said she would follow up and try to get their decision reversed, and never heard back from the school herself. That's it. That's everything. There's nothing else to share. This all happened two days ago, all on the very first day.

As a veteran, my plan is now to pursue veteran benefits to get into a nearby CDL A school not affiliate with any company. That's fine, as it is a lot closer to where I live anyways. I'm just wondering if this inaccurate information goes onto some report (i.e. that I skipped a drug test that I actually took), and, if so, I have the ability to contest this information? The last thing I need is this causing me to be unable to drive for another company.

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.
Old School's Comment
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You mentioned a "hair test." What about the test where you "pee in a cup?" Maybe they did that one while you were away at the dentist. I can't for the life of me understand why you just didn't take care of this obvious issue before starting class.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Mark, it's just not credible that a major carrier would drop you for needing to go to the dentist. It just doesn't happen.

PackRat's Comment
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Okay Mark, if this is all how it went down, then it’s unfortunate for you. It sounds pretty unfair, but guess what? Life’s not fair either. If this is all how it went down, just apply to another company that provides paid training, or use your benefits (that’s what I did) with a private school. The drawback on this private schooling plan is that even if you get a CDL , there is no guarantee of being hired. Anywhere. I would apply to lots of other companies, explain what happened as you did here, and see what happens if this is all how it went down and you have all of the documentation to back up what you’ve posted here. It may be a long uphill battle for you, though, if it DID NOT GO DOWN AS YOU POSTED.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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The chances of this being the entire, true story are about one in a thousand....maybe less.

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