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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 14¢ 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.

Turtle's Comment
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Hi Rachel, and welcome to the forum.

I no longer drive for Prime, but they are still near and dear to my heart. I can't imagine they would have instituted a new policy like this without some sort of advance message or notification. How long did you have the memo before reading it?

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Hi Rachel! These are rare and unusual times. The answer to your question about repayment for your schooling can be found in the contract you signed. Look for the section on Force Majeure - a clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, plague, or an event described by the legal term act of God, prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. You'll find your answer there.

Yes, Prime can terminate you at any time for any reason. If they don't have cause - you not doing your part performancewise - then you may qualify for unemployment. Prime has to PROVE that you did something wrong and they terminated you for a good reason (absences, theft, alcoholism). If they can't show your state good reason for terminating you it's the same as a layoff. Provided you have enough working weeks paying into your state's unemployment insurance you would qualify for benefits. Of course, once they get notified that they're on the hook for unemployment you may get a call from them asking you to return.

I wouldn't hold it against them. They're just trying to keep their terminal from becoming a WuFlu hotspot. Trust me, these plagues only come around every century or so. Odds are you won't see another one in your lifetime.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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So now we are calling this a plague?

Please,.., no.

By definition a plague is bacterial and were prevalent before water purification, food handling laws and antibiotics existed.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am a member of Primes Driver Advisory Board and have not heard of this. Things are changing daily... but at the same time, what you are saying is confusing for a few reasons. i will ask and try to get answers. email me at rainydal74@gmail.com

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 termination

1.) Prime does not employ people until they pass the test and are "availabe for dispatch". From what you said, it sounds like you passed then flew home. If you never went OTR with the trainer.. what wotk did you expect to get paid for? Prime does pay by the day during TNT if you are available for dispatch....

2.) Prime does not pay for hometime. So even going to get your CDL , you would be "unavailable for dispatch" and not paid.

That anyone that flies must be quarantined from prime terminal for 14 day.

3. You stated anyone flying is quarantined from the Prime terminal for 14 days. You have no need to go back to the terminal.... so what is the problem? The trainer only needs to pick you up.

If u are training in orientation

4.Your orientation was a few days before you got your green ID. so that doesnt apply.

5. Most DMVs are closed... so how are you getting the CDL? Technically, without the CDL you are not employable so there is no real termination.

It is a confusing situation... and i ask you email me so i can get some answers.

we were told today that many were sent home from the terminals so the terminals can be sanitized.

But please understand... this virus is unprecedented and day to day things are changing. ANY driver entering the terminal is now screened...i was on Thurs... Diver Driver here was on Friday. Monday maybe none of us will be permitted. We just dont know.

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.

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.

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.

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 14¢ 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.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Even if you don’t return to prime. If you got your cdl through then I’d repay them just like you would need to repay a private school. When the apocalypse is over you should have no trouble putting that cdl to use rebuilding the nation.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I'm with G-Town on his observation.

"A plague?" Seriously? More are dying from car crashes, suicide, opioid overdoses, and food poisoning daily in this country alone than are dying from this new version of the flu worldwide.

My thoughts are turn off the tv and stop reading the hysteria on the internet. Don't panic. The sky is still not falling.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Rachel L.'s Comment
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Kearsy i sent you an email.. Hopefully you can shed some light on this.. And give me some answers.. Thank you

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