Got Fired From Western Express

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Don's Comment
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If the night DM cleared your emergency LOA, how can your assigned DM say it wasn't? Did you speak to your boss?

Well after this screwed up week of nothing going right I have been let go from Western Express. I don't really feel comfortable sharing details but I ended up having to go back home for a family emergency, sent a qualcomm message letting them know what was going on, got it cleared over the phone with the night DM in Tennesse, he said my co driver had enough time to take care of the load and now my DM is telling me he didn't clear it so don't bother coming back that I was being let go. I guess it's for the best, I didn't exactly make a model Western Express employee with my screw ups and set backs, I've never had this much of a Might try getting in to towing something not sure yet, I need to figure out how to get my stuff off the truck though.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dan67's Comment
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This is not the end of your CDL. You still have many options open to you. B class truck driving jobs should not be over looked. City trash trucks, concrete mixers, dump trucks, and food and beverage services, and don't over look buses either, just get the passenger endorsement. I know several guys who also deliver to the Costco's in my area that deliver beer and wine in double axle box trucks. These B truck jobs are always in high demand near me. Don't just give up, keep grinding.

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.
Zach 's Comment
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I guess I still have a job, after a frustrating day of a million phone calls and being left on hold finally got ok the line with someone that was able and willing to help, told him what happened and the situation was taken care of. Guess I didn't do anything wrong and my DM has been known for doing this type of crap alot. The only thing they did get on me about was using PC to get to a shipper on time when I ran out of hours.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.
Witch Chick's Comment
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Hey Zach,

Glad yo hear you still have a job. But your tone from your initial post was very "welp, what do now..." instead of what do I need to do? Honestly, it doesnt sound that your too fond of this job. Im not trying to rag on you, just through your test, its kind of sounds like your dragging yourself along instead of steadily improving or learning from your mistakes. NOT THAT THAT IS A BAD THING. But... BUT... have you honestly asked yourself if this is something you want to go through? Whether its be with W. E. or another company?

Change is scary, but if you need this job, i think a personal attitude change or even how you look at yourself, might make things a bit better for you.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I guess I still have a job, after a frustrating day of a million phone calls and being left on hold finally got ok the line with someone that was able and willing to help, told him what happened and the situation was taken care of. Guess I didn't do anything wrong and my DM has been known for doing this type of crap alot. The only thing they did get on me about was using PC to get to a shipper on time when I ran out of hours.

Using the PC to get to a shipper, big no no. That's when you should have woken your codriver up, logged out and had him log in and start his day. This is the perfect time to ask, when getting this straight did you manage to get out of the team driving situation? Change DMs?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.
Zach 's Comment
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If the night DM cleared your emergency LOA, how can your assigned DM say it wasn't? Did you speak to your boss?

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Well after this screwed up week of nothing going right I have been let go from Western Express. I don't really feel comfortable sharing details but I ended up having to go back home for a family emergency, sent a qualcomm message letting them know what was going on, got it cleared over the phone with the night DM in Tennesse, he said my co driver had enough time to take care of the load and now my DM is telling me he didn't clear it so don't bother coming back that I was being let go. I guess it's for the best, I didn't exactly make a model Western Express employee with my screw ups and set backs, I've never had this much of a Might try getting in to towing something not sure yet, I need to figure out how to get my stuff off the truck though.

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I don't even know who my boss is

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I guess I still have a job, after a frustrating day of a million phone calls and being left on hold finally got ok the line with someone that was able and willing to help, told him what happened and the situation was taken care of. Guess I didn't do anything wrong and my DM has been known for doing this type of crap alot. The only thing they did get on me about was using PC to get to a shipper on time when I ran out of hours.

Zach .. I'm following also; not sure what 'help' I could be.. but for moral support.

Here I am for that . . . . Don works w/my husband so .. his advice is about what we would say.

Keep us in the loop. You are in ours. PC is tricky . . . getting TO a shipper is considered advancing a load. IKR?

Just wishing you the best... sheesh. Trying to act like a 'momma' here.. all I got.

~ Anne ~

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Zach 's Comment
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I guess I still have a job, after a frustrating day of a million phone calls and being left on hold finally got ok the line with someone that was able and willing to help, told him what happened and the situation was taken care of. Guess I didn't do anything wrong and my DM has been known for doing this type of crap alot. The only thing they did get on me about was using PC to get to a shipper on time when I ran out of hours.

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Using the PC to get to a shipper, big no no. That's when you should have woken your codriver up, logged out and had him log in and start his day. This is the perfect time to ask, when getting this straight did you manage to get out of the team driving situation? Change DMs?

The only reason I did it was becuase I was actually at the shipper when I ran out of hours, I had just gone through the scale house and the dock was a couple miles away. The shipper was a huge papermill . It was just a little goof up I made. As far as teaming I'm not sure, my co driver said he talked to the DM and expressed that he wished to be solo too, and is about 4 states away so it would be more practical to not have me in a hotel waiting on him to be back. Same goes for DMs. As old school says Western Express is a giant cluster**** and getting straight awnsers from anyone about anything is hard

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.
Zach 's Comment
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I don't think you ever wanted to be a driver. Maybe you needed some income means, and trucking sounded like a solution. For some it is. Ever since your first post 10 weeks ago, you've been asking what to do. In CDL school, you write about a family emergency, then it's the "should I quit?" routine that you've been asking since then. You have listed lots of reasons why it's been terrible for you, so why not eliminate the problem (truck driving)?

IMO you should do something else until you figure this question out for yourself.

I'm not really in a situation where I can just up and leave. I have financial responsibilities, and its not that I never wanted to be a driver or that I don't want to be a driver its just that I suck at trucking. My driving is great but the other aspects I'm horrible at.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Zach... you came in with unrealistic expectations like many do. And you need to realize that it takes a full year...sometimes longer to grasp what you need to in order to become a good trucker.

Stop downing yourself. Get motivated and learn.

You learned a valuable lesson here...put everything in writing. If you can't write on the QC or phone app, ask for an email confirmation of serious issues subjects.

Ask your DM in writing of who the hierarchy is....call the main switchboard and ask. The operator will know.

Good luck

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.
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