Central And Swift Thoughts?

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reeferpullingmomma's Comment
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anyone drive for these companies? how about the driving school? did you like them?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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anyone drive for these companies? how about the driving school? did you like them?

They are the same company. Swift bought out Central. They still drive different trucks but all rules and regulations are Swift.

reeferpullingmomma's Comment
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anyone drive for these companies? how about the driving school? did you like them?

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They are the same company. Swift bought out Central. They still drive different trucks but all rules and regulations are Swift.

they havent made the switch yet. central is still central. regs are different. i am going to work for central. i know abunch of the drivers. swift is into some stuff so they buddied with another company

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Swift bought Central last summer. As of February 1st, Central has been operating under Swift's authority and policies. The equipment may still say Central and (most of) the same personnel may be in the same places, but trust me, it's not the same Central. And not necessarily for the better.

RedGator's Comment
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The merge was complete as of Jan 31 2014. And yes the changes have taken place. Email Special K if you would like because she works for Central and hasnt been happy since the merge.

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PS I see you live in KY as does special K and from her experience they rarely get her home as requested. Usually 3 plus days late. Also email Daniel B he just left there to go to Prime.

reeferpullingmomma's Comment
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PS I see you live in KY as does special K and from her experience they rarely get her home as requested. Usually 3 plus days late. Also email Daniel B he just left there to go to Prime.

im still learning all this stuff on here. i know people who havent had issues. i was told by alot of the drivers cause there are lawsuits in place they havent completely signed over.

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Choosing a company is a very personal choice. We all require different things. Although I do not work with the company I do talk to Special K (Kathy) every single day since before she started training with Central. All of Swifts policies and procedures have been adopted as of Feb. 1, 2014. Now I dont want you to mistake what Im about to say because again picking a company is a very personal choice. We all dont require the same things. At one time I considered moving to Centeal under a team but after experiecing thru Special K all of the things shes gone thru it would no longer be a consideration for me. That being said I am different. I require different things. And I have luckily found a company that has met all of my needs since my training. Things Im used to that I dont want to give up: goverened at 65mph, I choose my own routes, I choose my own fuel stops, policies are more "relaxed", smaller more "family" oriented co, regular no hassle hometime. Plus the pay .40cpm isnt anything to shabby. Hopefully wherever you end up it fits you.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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PS I see you live in KY as does special K and from her experience they rarely get her home as requested. Usually 3 plus days late. Also email Daniel B he just left there to go to Prime.

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im still learning all this stuff on here. i know people who havent had issues. i was told by alot of the drivers cause there are lawsuits in place they havent completely signed over.

On the side of Central trucks it's says "Operated by Swift" which means yes the changes have taken place and both companies operate under Swift policies.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Just to give you an idea of some of the changes that have happened since we started operating under Swift's policies, here's a few of the things that are, from talking to other drivers and my own experiences, ****ing us off the most:

Swift's fuel policies are WAY tighter than Central's were. When Swift says stop at the Flying J in Casper, WY and buy 86 gallons, they mean 86 gallons. The pump will shut off after that 86 gallons and you're not getting a drop more. Also, no more stopping to top off the reefer en route to a stop unless it's a scheduled fuel stop. Before, as long as it was an in-network location, we could stop to top off the reefer whenever and wherever we needed. Now, if you want to do that, you have to get somebody to unlock the pump using the Comdata merchant code. Which isn't so bad during regular business hours, but on nights or weekends it can take upwards of an hour to get hold of someone to do it. An hour. To make a 5 minute stop to fill the reefer. >:[

Swift's per diem program is...well, I'm not sure it's legal. Central's per diem paid 0.08 per mile per diem, which came off the top of the regular per mile rate. With Swift, they take 0.10 off the regular per mile rate, but only pay 0.085 per mile for per diem. Meaning they're keeping 0.15 of your pay per mile. Meaning that where I'm supposed to be making 0.33 per mile, I'm actually only being paid 0.315 per mile. >:[ And here's the really aggravating part, straight from their own per diem FAQ:

"Q: What happens to my 1.5 cents, why is my Per Diem rate 8.5 cents? A: There are costs incurred by Swift as a result of participating in Per Diem. The IRS disallows 30% of Swift’s tax deduction for Per Diem. Otherwise participation in Per Diem by Swift would negatively affect the company, making Per Diem costly to the company. This ensures that Per Diem stays a WIN/WIN situation, allowing for definite benefits for the drivers but not negatively impacting Swift."

Yes, that's right, they're saying that it would cost them too much to actually pay their drivers their full wages. >:[ Oddly enough, Central never had any problems with that...

Night and weekend coverage has become an absolute joke. Before, it might take a few minutes (up to maybe 15) to get a question or problem resolved. Now? You're lucky if it gets handled before your regular DM comes in Monday morning. I've literally sat on hold for 90 minutes waiting to try and get through to whoever's manning the ship at night, just to be hung up on before hearing a voice that wasn't recorded. Also, good luck getting a cargo claim handled. Swift eliminated all of Central's cargo claims personnel, and all of our cargo claims are now being handled by Swift's claims department in Phoenix. Which would be fine, if they didn't have to use a completely different protocol to process them and had a clue how to do it. I actually had one of their claims reps tell me "oh man, I don't know...um, can you ask your fleet manager?" >:[

And Kathy isn't alone in her hometime woes. Last month it took them an extra 8 days to get me home. I live outside of Seattle. So where do they send me the day after I put in my hometime request? Southampton, MA. After that? Texas via New Hampshire. The month before that they tried calling me out of the house less than 24 hours after I'd gotten off the truck, claiming that's when they had me down as available. Um, how about no. I verified my PTA with my DM before getting off the truck, your system verified my PTA before I got off the truck, try again.

There are a bunch of other issues that pretty much have everyone's tighty whities in a twist right now, mostly dealing with Swift's macros and how they're making it 9000% harder to do our jobs, and how it seems like nobody on the Central side has an answer to any of our problems other than "just hang in there, things will get back to normal someday." But this should help give you some idea of the uphill battle we've been fighting the last 2 1/2 months. And for the record, I've been with Central for just about 2 1/2 years, so I have a pretty good working knowledge of how things were before all of this happened.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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