Lost Dedicated Route

Topic 28184 | Page 1

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:
Brandon B.'s Comment
member avatar

Dedicated route is being downsized. Do I have to accept going back to national account where I make less money and home time or can I draw unemployment?

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Susan D. 's Comment
member avatar

I know unemployment varies from state to state.

My question is, is this reduction temporary? How well do you/have you liked this company?

I know many companies are hurting right now. Me? I'm grateful to have been able to continue working through this pandemic.

Why would unemployment be preferable to working? How do you know you'd make a lot less? I'm not trying to be judgmental, just trying to figure it out.

I know my own company struggled a bit and stopped hiring new drivers. Our customers are coming back and we've got some new ones starting soon so our hiring should start up again. Companies tend to take care of loyal productive drivers, I think... at least I know for certain that mine does.

Banks's Comment
member avatar

Like Susan said, unemployment laws vary from state to state.

AFAIK, you can't file for unemployment if your employer is still offering you work.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

Explain the statement of making less. Is it less per mile? How many miles are you getting on dedicated? What company do you drive for? Perhaps there are other dedicated accounts you could get on. I doubt you could get full unemployment for this but you may be able to get a small amount to help lessen the blow. A few years back my mom had her hours cut and was able to get a little benefit paid to her to help. But that was manufacturing and most labor laws seem to exclude the trucking industry. I can almost guarantee you will make less on unemployment (if you dont include the extra $600 currently due to corona) than if you switch to national OTR.

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.

PJ's Comment
member avatar

I believe he works for Roehl, if he is the Brandon I’m thinking of.

Unemployment laws do vary state to state, however if they are only moving him to another division within the company he would be quitting a job and would make him uneligible for unemoyment I do believe.

If I’m reading his post correct it sounds like he has been on a dedicated account he liked and is apparently being reassigned back to OTR and he doesn’t want that.

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.

Hobo's Comment
member avatar

Dedicated route is being downsized. Do I have to accept going back to national account where I make less money and home time or can I draw unemployment?

Do you have a contract? Some dedicated drivers do. If you don't have a contract and they offer you work but you turn the work down then you can't draw unemployment. And this is just my 2 cents but this might not be the time to turn paying work down.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Delco Dave's Comment
member avatar

Being a former landscape business owner in the North east, and my guys getting laid off for 2-3 months every winter. I am very familiar with the unemployment process. Laws are different from state to state but the 2 constants across the board in all states are if you quit or your fired you are NOT eligible for benefits

Joseph I.'s Comment
member avatar

I would be fairly certain you could draw unemployment during this virus scare as long as you show that your job or hours were reduced due to it. The one problem is if you want to stay working for this company or another trucking company it would be far better to keep driving than to try to milk unemployment for every last dime then trying to reenter workforcr.

Banks's Comment
member avatar

I would be fairly certain you could draw unemployment during this virus scare as long as you show that your job or hours were reduced due to it. The one problem is if you want to stay working for this company or another trucking company it would be far better to keep driving than to try to milk unemployment for every last dime then trying to reenter workforcr.

That's up to his employer. Unemployment will verify the application with his employer before accepting the application. If his employer says they're offering work, they will likely deny the application.

As far as partial unemployment goes, the employee has to have reduced wages through no fault of their own. If his company says they're offering work and he's refusing because he doesn't want to do it or go OTR , it will also get denied.

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.

Joseph I.'s Comment
member avatar

Not to argue but the unemployment rules during this "virus paranoia" are very different. The unemployment you draw will not count against the employer and there are many other conditions that allow you to receive it. He will have little trouble meeting the criteria to receive benefits.

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More