So If I Am Terminated Thru No Fault Of My Own?

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Rachel L.'s Comment
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So my experience at prime has been wrought with lots of ups and downs. From a trainer that treatened to send me home after my first three times backing a trailer in my life. Being scolded for an opinion on a survey.. ( being told my opinion was above my pay grade) was told it was anymous survey.. It was not..lol. But i still made it to my cdl testing.. Passed.. Recieved my tnt trainer. We made plans for me to fly home. Secure my CDL , settle things at home for my next leg of training over the road. But in flight i read a memo from Prime inc. That anyone that flies must be quarantined from prime terminal for 14 day. So the following day after getting home i called my fleet manager. He says the policy is .. If u are training in orientation and am quarantined for flying u are terminated for a minimum of 14 than must be cleared by a doc.. And re apply thru a recruiter and start over. I am angry about this.. I did nothing wrong.. And dont understand why i cant just wait out 14 days and come back.. Why the termination.. He says he doesnt know its just policy. Than prime tried to not pay me saying it was cause i was terminated.. Took me talking to three peole to get the pay i had earned before my terminatiom. I am wondering now about even returning. Am i still responsible for the repayment of schooling though even though they didnt complete it?. And terminated me thru no fault of my own.. ? There have been other issue but minor and i know no company is perfect.. But i do believe this could have been handled much better and I have lost alot of trust in Prime inc.. Any advice?

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Over The Road:

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Hi Rachel! Welcome to Trucking Truth.

Your post will likely get quicker and more responses from Prime drivers and others if you move it over to the general discussions forum; this forum is for training diaries.

Expect a fair vetting of your issues; Prime is a well-regarded employer.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Many people are getting the short end of the stick due to what's going on. Did they specifically say you're fired? Being on the hook is something to address directly with Prime but many companies will allow you to return and work off the contract. We have a couple moderators with years of experience with Prime. If you repost this in the general discussions section of the forum as Doyenne suggested you're more likely to catch their attention. One of our moderators, Truckin along with Kearsey (check her YouTube channel) is extremely knowledgeable about everything Prime and is involved in meetings with the big wigs to address driver issues. If she can't answer your question she will know where to get the answer from Springfield. Please keep us updated what the end result is.

Rachel L.'s Comment
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Yes my training manager and fleet manager were very clear about me being terminated as part of this new policy.. I may have been able to let this go if hadnt i had to fight for my paycheck as well.. I know this virus has everyone on uncertain ground. But theres a moral stance here thats being over looked big time thats bothering me. But hopefully some of this will be worked out. I picked Prime cause of their outstanding program and reviews and in training and saw great things. But also have been recently greatly disappointed.. Trying to remain open minded and understanding of the times.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Rachel L.'s Comment
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I did start a new reply in the general discussions but have not seen it come back through is accepted I am interested in hearing others opinions of the issue and would like to see it resolved trying to stay open minded and like I said this is an unusual circumstances and I think people would find it hard to respond to this situation. I still have a hard time thinking termination and trying to deny pay is an acceptable answer

Rob T.'s Comment
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It posted. Here is the link to the other Thread you have a few responses including Kearsey

Rachel L.'s Comment
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Dmv is open here in wisconsin.. My trainer was comming from California. Unfortunately he got called to duty back to cali as i flew.. Strange day.. I knew i wouldnt get paid at home. And i had 5 days avaible for disbatch.. I am not someone who is trying to disparage prime.. I researched prime and know it to be one of the best companies to work for... Have friends that work for prime and love alot about this company... Its why i am so upset about all this. And i am hoping to resolve if not all of it..at least some of it.. I sent out and email a bored member so hopefully ill get answers and can go back and continue to work with prime.. :)

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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