Information On Teamster Jobs

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Keith L.'s Comment
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Are Teamster's permitted to go from one union job to another, example, ABF Freight to UPS. What needs to happen, 401K change, health Care etc. I'm preparing to retire from the Military in eight months and looking for a Teamster driving Job.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You ain't gonna find people here, that are big fans of "Union Jobs". I'm a member of a union myself (International Longshoremans Union - ILA 1526) - so I;m not as "anti-union" as most.

It is my understanding that you don't "join the union" and THEN look for a job - but if you're working for a "union shop" - you will be required to join at that time.

As far as "permitted" to go from one job to another - you aren't PROHIBITED - and having a Union Card at that point - may or may not make it any "easier" to get the job. Can't tell you about "switching plans" - because each of these employers you mentioned - probably have THEIR OWN 401K and Health Plan for all employees. Which kinda makes the reasons WHY most would WANT TO JOIN a union, really MOOT.

Rick

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Rick, there's actually some staunch supporters of unions on this forum, Brett being one of them.

Keith, I thought union jobs and a 401k were mutually exclusive, what with all that jazz about pensions ... that might not be there when you need them. Oops. Sorry. Kidding ... sorta.

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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No but seriously Keith, why don't you call up the Teamsters and ask them? Going to the source would give you the most accurate info. Thank you for your service by the way, and best wishes in your new trucking endeavors.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Thinking @ UPS you need to have an insider, put in a good word. Trucking there is mostly, if not all in-house promotions. My brother drives UPS big rigs, 32 years now total. He started out after unloading box cars (4 years) to commercial route delivery, 14 years, then stepped into big rigs.

Our dad's friend, was 1 of the first 10 drivers for UPS, and got my bro in. Boy do they GOT the perks!!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Nope, nothing mysterious about getting into UPSF. Just gotta be in an area where they're hiring. One negative about UPSF is that they start you very low in pay, and then gradually work you up. Granted, once you reach top pay, UPSF drivers are probably the highest paid drivers in LTL , but you certainly don't start off that way. For clarification, UPS Parcel is different than UPS Freight (UPSF).

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Attila's Comment
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You have to join a union shop like a UPS retail store and wait your turn for a driving spot to open or convert your current shop to a teamsters union. Looked into this throughout and defiantly aiming for Teamsters or a custom tailored written contract. Small carriers are more open to negotiations before hire. Mega corporate carriers stick to their one size fits all communist legal options and are less willing to negotiate.

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