CRST Update

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Doug C.'s Comment
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Just to update on my situation that took place in May. Today I finally received a statement from CRST for $5,280.00. This is the ONLY correspondence I received after contesting wrongful dismissal in early July. Anyone going to CRST be sure you read the Pre-Employment Training Agreement. Even if the company dismisses you for any reason, they will hold you to that agreement. Good luck to everybody, and I hope the best for you. Even though things didn't turn out the way I had hoped I would like to say that there are a lot of really fine instructors at Cedar Rapids school.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Atleast now you know they're holding you responsible for it. I know that's a pretty penny and most people cant afford to pay it outright. You likely wont be able to go through training elsewhere until its paid in full due to the non-compete agreement. Are you still hoping to drive or have you decided you're not going to.good-luck.gif

Doug C.'s Comment
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Ron, thanks for the reply. At this point I have to decide how best to go forward to solve this situation. Like most, I don't have that kind of money so perhaps a payment plan can be made once it goes to collection. Also, I will admit that after this experience I'm not as excited about trucking as I was before I went off to school.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Doug, Old School had mentioned to you in the past about being proactive and making things happen for yourself. There are a lot of questions I have about this whole situation because I'm kind of scratching my head here.

Did CRST ever let you take the actual CDL skills test? If not, did you consider finding a local school near your home that would let you use their trucks to take the test since it seems you had already learned everything you needed to pass it?

It's been four months since they released you from CRST. You haven't mentioned anything about trying to get your CDL, applying to other companies, or anything with regard to trucking. Have you made any attempt to further your career in trucking in the past four months?

I can't understand this situation very well. It seems they brought you in, taught you what you needed to know to get your CDL, then sent you home without explanation and haven't communicated with you since. Now, finally, four months later they first sent you a bill? Have you been calling them at all? You mentioned sending them a letter, but what about phone calls or emails or anything?

Have you asked CRST if they'll make payment arrangements with you? Have you asked them if they're going to try to prevent you from working 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.
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