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J D.'s Comment
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[Company name withheld by moderator] will give you a money raise & then take it back within a week!!

No excuse or reason to give & then take back!!

Burn all corporate garbage at the stake!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I thought I would approve this message to see if we can get a conversation going. Doesn't matter what company we're talking about. Hopefully, there's a learning opportunity here.

BK's Comment
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Innocent until proven guilty. There would have to be more information provided before anyone could determine if the situation is deceptive or not. The OP states that the the company offered no explanation, but did the OP ask for one? The trouble is that getting both sides of a story in an honest way is real difficult to verify.

Does the trucking industry employ any questionable tactics that impact drivers? Yes, it happens but varies from company to company. For example, there are zip code miles and hub miles. (This is one of my pet peeves). My company pays by zip code miles, as most companies do. But for almost all my assignments, I drive more miles on the hub than I get paid for based on zip code miles. Sometimes it can amount to as much as 50 to 100 miles of free driving per assignment. Am I being cheated? Is the company being deceptive? While I would like to get paid hub miles, it’s not really deceptive because it’s not a secret. All the drivers know that this is just the way it is and, frankly, right now in this trucking economy I’m just happy to have a stable job. I’m sure there are lots of unemployed ex-Yellow drivers who have more to worry about right now.

Davy A.'s Comment
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These are typical comments. We're talking about large corporations, they hemorrhage money. Do they have policies that will extract whatever savings wherever they can? Yes. Do they lie and perform illegal activities? Usually not.

The position I just took on a dedicated route has some Grey areas, unfortunately we're not able to reach an agreement on those areas. I could just see a number of people like the op saying the evil mega carrier promised more money and then took it back. It's not the case however.

In all reality, the manager of the route and I just couldn't get to an agreed upon amount for extra work. The solution is to accept that and either take the offered amount or resume my previous position. It's just business, it happens. Nothing personal.

For some reason people seem to expect businesses not to act like businesses. Really as piecework paid employees (by the mile), we are much closer to a business than an employee. As a result, I tend to look at my relationship with my employer as a business relationship. There's always a give and take. I expect them to act in their best interests and I do in mine. Usually those overlap but in some areas they don't. In other words, saving the company money doesn't always benefit me but overall, it helps the relationship.

But it takes time and knowledge to be in a position to have any value in the relationship. As new drivers, we're a liability, not an asset. As we become safe and efficient drivers, we build our value and then can negotiate.

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."


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sandman J's Comment
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Speaking of Davy's last point, I often wonder what that tipping point is for a new driver to go from liability to asset. I'm guessing it's different for each driver but it's something that intrigues me.

PJ's Comment
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Efficiency and productivity

Steve L.'s Comment
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[Company name withheld by moderator] will give you a money raise & then take it back within a week!!

No excuse or reason to give & then take back!!

No context. The original post (in my opinion) has no benefit to anyone. There could’ve been a payroll error or many other factors.

The lack of context doesn’t allow for suggestions to be offered. Just another ticked off driver venting. 🤔

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Was it a raise or a bonus? This time of year, Prime gives raises and often changes the bonuses. Bonuses are not pay nor a raise. They may rause our weekly cpm quite a but, but can be taken away or changed at any time.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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