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Marvroom's Comment
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This is a car hauling company that is union. They say they are willing to train new CDL A drivers. It is mostly local driving. I am wondering if anyone has experience with car hauling and can give me any advice on it? Also, I have never been a part of a union. What is that like?


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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.
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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am not sure if anyone here has ever messed with auto transport. Its such a specialized part of trucking that is most places is reserved for drivers with experience due to the high dollar nature of the freight.

Now this next part is purely and whole my opinion and experience with unions.

They had their place back when employers had a bad habit of mistreating employees. It rarely happens on that scale anymore. I simply do not believe in paying someone to keep me working on a job. If I can not work at a place under my own work ethic and job performance then I do not need to be there(yes you will have monthly union dues). One part of the union (auto transport being Teamsters) decides to go on strike then the whole union goes on strike even if you are happy with your job. I don't like the fact that someone else, in this case the union boss/leader/representative, can call a strike and then keep me from working and earning money for my family and money to live on. You simply do not have a say. Sure they have votes to do on strike but since the front man, in this case Union Rep, knows how to talk up support for his ideas and what he wants to do and will get the votes he needs for the strike. Nothing you can do. Enough of my opinion on this as I am seriously bias on this subject as I have NEVER had a positive experience with dealing with unions and I have to deal with them on a daily basis due to hauling product in to warehouses that have union dock workers and union tucker drivers(teamsters).

Now let me speak to something I do know to be true. Companies(all non union companies of which there are a lot of)dislike unions and for good reason. Ever see the "No Soliciting" signs at pretty much EVER place of business? These aren't meant to keep salesmen away. They are meant to keep unions from coming in and talking to people in their company. Imagine you have a company and for whatever there is a real or imagined slight against some workers and they go on strike. Now your business is at a stand still making no money but you still have bills to pay. Depending on the size of your company it could be millions of dollars lost a day. I think you get my point.

Now I will say just because I have had nothing but bad experiences when dealing with unions does not mean you will. You could join it and have the best time of your life. It happens. But one thing you NEED to remember.....Most if not all companies dislike unions and for whatever reason you leave that union job you will have to put it down on a job application for your next job and when companies find out you were union it will make finding your next job pretty tough because of your union background.They rather not take the chance you might come in and talk their workers into forming up into a union. They simply can not afford to allow that to happen.

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