Schneider Says I Owe Them $2k After Being Termed From CDL Training In A Week And A Half

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Christine V.'s Comment
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In December of last year, I was hired into Schneider's CDL program and was termed after failing my "Second Look" driving test (I didn't know I was having the "First Look") which was my third time driving the truck overall, for a total time of less than an hour.

When I left I turned in everything they asked me for, they booked my rental home (I live with 3 hrs of the Indy terminal), and went on my way.

I received no communication from them until today, which is a letter from United Billing Services saying they'd like to "assist (me) in completing (my) agreement with (UBS) Schneider National Carriers Inc.

I called and left a message with the guy and I'm waiting for a call back.

What do I do? I don't have 2k. Other than trying with Schneider, I've been unemployed for 3 years because of Covid. I'm currently waiting for follow up from Swift to join their similar program.

I'm at a loss as of what to do here. Any help would be appreciated.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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You signed a contract in person or electronically at the start of being hired, correct?

Travis's Comment
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This. If you have a copy contact an employment lawyer and talk to them. Not that they can for sure do anything but maybe they can find something about the way they let you go that will invalidate you having to pay it. Otherwise, if Schneider met all their obligations, you probably owe them the money.

You signed a contract in person or electronically at the start of being hired, correct?

Tim F.'s Comment
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You probably do owe the debt. You’ve done all that is required.

If they call back, simply say that you have no money and are looking for employment with other companies.

Tell them you will be in touch when you find employment.

Leave it at that. They can’t garnish, they can’t take it from your account.

It sounds like you ran into an impatient instructor. I remember Roehl tried a couple times to send Jolie(a former member here) home a couple times saying she would never pass. She held her ground and insisted on completing the program. She passed with flying colors.

Hopefully Swift will accept you into the training.

Good luck!

Tim

Bird-One's Comment
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It won’t go into garnish or be taken from your account. But it will be put into collections and will hit you credit. You’ll have to try and work something out with them.

Tim F.'s Comment
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It won’t go into garnish or be taken from your account. But it will be put into collections and will hit you credit. You’ll have to try and work something out with them.

I wouldn’t worry about your credit score. All a credit score does is let you get into more debt.

Once she gets a job and generates an income then she can deal with them. Until then, I’d let it sit.

Rob's Comment
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Most importantly, this is a debt collector, not an actual attorney. DO NOT provide any information to a debt collector. Nothing. They are trained to scare you and will down right lie to get information and/or money out of you. Ignore their calls. They are not attorneys. They are just a bunch of regular stiffs getting paid to collect a debt on behalf of a law firm that bought the debt from the company in question. At most, you could tell them any questions would need to be directed to your attorney. If they ask who that is tell them it’s their job to figure it out and hang up. Biggest mistake people make with debt collectors is they get scared.

In December of last year, I was hired into Schneider's CDL program and was termed after failing my "Second Look" driving test (I didn't know I was having the "First Look") which was my third time driving the truck overall, for a total time of less than an hour.

When I left I turned in everything they asked me for, they booked my rental home (I live with 3 hrs of the Indy terminal), and went on my way.

I received no communication from them until today, which is a letter from United Billing Services saying they'd like to "assist (me) in completing (my) agreement with (UBS) Schneider National Carriers Inc.

I called and left a message with the guy and I'm waiting for a call back.

What do I do? I don't have 2k. Other than trying with Schneider, I've been unemployed for 3 years because of Covid. I'm currently waiting for follow up from Swift to join their similar program.

I'm at a loss as of what to do here. Any help would be appreciated.

In December of last year, I was hired into Schneider's CDL program and was termed after failing my "Second Look" driving test (I didn't know I was having the "First Look") which was my third time driving the truck overall, for a total time of less than an hour.

When I left I turned in everything they asked me for, they booked my rental home (I live with 3 hrs of the Indy terminal), and went on my way.

I received no communication from them until today, which is a letter from United Billing Services saying they'd like to "assist (me) in completing (my) agreement with (UBS) Schneider National Carriers Inc.

I called and left a message with the guy and I'm waiting for a call back.

What do I do? I don't have 2k. Other than trying with Schneider, I've been unemployed for 3 years because of Covid. I'm currently waiting for follow up from Swift to join their similar program.

I'm at a loss as of what to do here. Any help would be appreciated.

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.

Bird-One's Comment
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I’m speaking on actual experience here. I went through Schneider’s paid cdl program. The bottom line is you signed a contract. It was made crystal clear to me if I didn’t finish a year with them I would owe them money. I didn’t finish so I owed. A collection agency called, we worked out a payment program, and in about six months it was paid off. You can always try and settle for less.

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.
Christine V.'s Comment
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Thanks for the input, everyone. I guess I couldn't fathom that them firing me before training was over still left me on the hook.

"You're fired. Now give us 2k" sounds like such a racket lmao

As far as the instructors go, there were over 30 of us and 5 instructors. During the actual "driving tests" I didn't do anything huge, just a lot of little problems (or so I assume, I wasn't given specific feedback and there was no pleading my case). On top of being evaluated with such huge stakes after so little time, this all feels like a kick in the teeth. Like "You weren't perfect instantly so go home and send us 2k."

Thank you again, and I guess I'll just ignore it for now. Wouldn't be the first collection letter I've gotten, won't be the last.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Thanks for the input, everyone. I guess I couldn't fathom that them firing me before training was over still left me on the hook.

"You're fired. Now give us 2k" sounds like such a racket lmao

As far as the instructors go, there were over 30 of us and 5 instructors. During the actual "driving tests" I didn't do anything huge, just a lot of little problems (or so I assume, I wasn't given specific feedback and there was no pleading my case). On top of being evaluated with such huge stakes after so little time, this all feels like a kick in the teeth. Like "You weren't perfect instantly so go home and send us 2k."

Thank you again, and I guess I'll just ignore it for now. Wouldn't be the first collection letter I've gotten, won't be the last.

Christine;

Welcome to TT. I wasn't gonna post on your thread, because I was hoping that Bruce K. would. However, the advice above is SAGE. HUGE. These guys giving advice, are pro's.

I'm including a link to Bruce K.'s posts, many which speak of his time at SNI. Like you, they left him 'holding the bag' .. but not one with a training bill attached. I'm sorry to hear this has happened; continue to apply elsewhere, and see if you would be able to work out a 'payment plan' with Schneider, even if at $20.00/month.

Bruce K., now with J.S. Helwig: Bruce K.'s Posts You'll have to sift for the Schneider (SNI) ones...all his contributions are great, tho..even (especially!) the light humour, haha!

Best wishes, gal.

~ Anne ~

ps: What've ya got to lose ?!?!? Apply For Paid CDL Training

pps: If Swift/Knight is interested, HECK YEAH! Look up G'Town's posts re: Swift (and MANY others, search by tags!) and Old School & Davy's posts re: Knight (and again, MANY others!)

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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