Company Driver: Dedicated Account & Not Being Dispatched

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jenjoyhn's Comment
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The 1st week was Kan 8th thru 12th. This week was 16th to now. He didn't tell me I was being unpaid until we spoke about a Load on the 19th. I returned the Truck Friday and have been in communication with HR. I am applying to leave but she said they are looking for a different Fleet.I work for a Company and they sent me there. Per the Reviews for the Company They have a 98% turnover rate.

Another Driver who was in my Orientaion class asked me why I moved so much stuff in my Truck not knowing anything about them.

He along with another Driver left the Company. I am applying and am certain to have a job by tomorrow. I just didn't know they could get away with this. My bills are paid, still doesn't make it right.

This Company hired the Company that hired me to send Drivers to help them per the 1.5% review ratings. Those Driver's either lost their jobs or took a pay cut.

Thank you

Within the first week, knowing it was unpaid, and since it sounds like you weren't under load, you should have simply thanked them for the opportunity, returned the truck to the terminal and pursued work elsewhere. Polite, professional and to the point.

If you've been driving as long as you have, with no incidents or accidents, you should have been able to forsee the issue. In fact, I'm guessing that when you were hired, no layover was part of the deal. You also should be able to be working elsewhere the same day you quit.

From a business standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense to take an asset and not have it working. I'm guessing that there may be more to it on the employer's side as well. Notwithstanding though, why not just quit now?

From an objective point outside, it sounds like you want to force the company to bend to your will. The preferred method would be to simply find a different company. And at the new company, learn a lesson from this one. Learn how to work under staff that you don't like.

All of us have, at some point, had to work under management that we didn't get along with. You learn how to deal with it and if you can't, pursue work elsewhere.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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This sounds like a big mess for sure. I don’t think I grasp the 2 company thing. That doesn’t make much sense to me or a good sound business decision on the part of the company that actually hired you.

If I’m coming close to understanding it the company that actually hired you is who you need to be talking with, sounds like you are. The second company I would not waste my time with since they are not your employer.

For me I would tell my boss get me out of here and busy.

This is a terrible time to be looking for work. Many companies have slowed their hiring.

Keep your head up and work through it, wherever it leads.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Jennifer

Part of the problem is we don’t understand you.

You describe a company who hired you and then sent you to another company to work for a customer of theirs.

You call is all “super truckers”. Truth is that everyone who responded to you are gainfully employed by reputable companies.

I run on a dedicated account and am kept quite busy. Out dispatch team and managers really don’t have time to hold grudges

I wish you luck moving forward with your career.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Tim F.'s Comment
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Jennifer

Part of the problem is we don’t understand you.

You describe a company who hired you and then sent you to another company to work for a customer of theirs.

You call is all “super truckers”. Truth is that everyone who responded to you are gainfully employed by reputable companies.

I run on a dedicated account and am kept quite busy. Out dispatch team and managers really don’t have time to hold grudges

I wish you luck moving forward with your career.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

BK's Comment
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Jennifer, I apologize if my comment was too harsh. One thing is obvious that you have been through a dreadful experience. It is really bizarre to say the least. To give you the benefit of any doubt, let’s say that you have been taken advantage of.

Now, how can we help you get a fresh start in some normal situation with a normal company? If you have at least 6 months experience and can do OTR reefer , the company I drive for is hiring and has quite a few female drivers. Stick around here and maybe we can suggest something that will work for you.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This supertrucker wants to say this: if you have 4 years experience as you say... and know soooo much about the industry then why ask us? Why didnt you research this company beforehand?

Most states are at will states. They can fire you for any reason or no reason. And they dont need to tell you.

Dedicated accounts do not always guarantee freight... but may have an exclusivity clause.

Many contracts say a driver can refuse a load, but they don't say the company is required to give you a load.

I am confused about you being sublet. Who owns the truck? The company who sent you to them or the dispatcher's company? Is it possible the middle company owes the dispatching company money of some sort? If so, i can see the dispatching company putting the truck out of service until paid.

Companies often have a "must be on a load within X amount of time or they are seperated automatically".

Get past the "im being victimized and harrassed" attitude. It will get you nowhere.

And before you comment regarding me, you should know..... I am an 8 year driver who has represented females in trucking on TV, radio, and national competitions. I have trained and mentored over 600 drivers. And i did it at one company.

This group tried to give you advice and you insulted them. If that is how you communicate with others, I can understand why you have problems.

Good luck in all you do.

Dispatcher:

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.
Navypoppop's Comment
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After reading all her comments I believe she is working for a driver leasing company. Her company hires drivers and then supplies various companies with drivers to operate that company's trucks but do not directly employ any drivers. I have worked for this type of company many years ago but never had her kind of issues.

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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This supertrucker wants to say this: if you have 4 years experience as you say... and know soooo much about the industry then why ask us? Why didnt you research this company beforehand?

Thanks Kearsey! I had written several replies but deleted them cuz I figured I'd get in trouble for what I said.

My thoughts when I started reading was that she had less than 6 mths experience. Then I read almost 4 yrs. If that is accurate, she hasn't learned much before signing on with the company that loaned her out. Wonder if she's a 1099 driver or gets a W2.

Her calling us "SuperTruckers" pizzed me off. I figured what I wanted to call her was inappropriate so, didn't answer her.

Thank you for calling her out.

Laura

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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never been thru anything in industry so they can only point the blame ignorantly, it seems.

Laura, You have more hours in the shower OTR than she has driving.

She was out of line. I tried to hold my tongue.

I understand she needs money, but it was hard to follow the story. I still do not understand why she wasnt contacting the middle man company. I do understand that she was new and therefore probably was given less desurable routes or customers. But the "they tampered with my trailers" sounds paranoid. Major lawsuits in accidents and possibly delays to customers would ruin their reputation and profits. It makes no sense.

I also wounldnt work at a comoany withiut thoroughly researching them.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Stevo Reno's Comment
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So where, was the previous "4 years spent" driving?? From my interpretation of the "story", her attitude, does NOT reflect that said experience. Otherwise, she would have known better than, taking, or staying with the hiring company, to be passed off to someone else to actually drive for. And should have already learned in that 4 years, how to handle her job/position, professionally.

That to me, would have been a HUGE red flag to go elsewhere. Then none of this would have happened or been an issue.....

Seems company B, might not have been too impressed, or why have her sit so long load less? Makes NO logical sense, to put a driver in your truck,to have them just camp out in it?? Free security? lol.....Again, trucking and it's demanding way of life, ain't for just anyone out there.....You have to constantly adjust to ALL situations, on the fly....

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