Information On ABF Freight, YRC Freight And UPS Frieght Road Driver Jobs

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Keith L.'s Comment
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Looking for info on those companies, questions

ABF Freight YRC Freight UPS Freight

1) driving-work/loads available 2) overtime, 3) pensions $$ average monthly (20-25 of service) 4) Working Environment 5) Cities to work apply in vs. cities not to work in (EXAMPLE) : Atlanta 6. Benefits (401k/ health care/ etc) 7) There driver training Programs, ABF and YRC

Thanks

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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There's a feller here named Woody who drivers for YRC. Haven't seen him in a bit. Hopefully he can chime in for you.

I understand you might want a driver's perspective for some of you questions, but a lot of your questions can be answered by just calling the respective companies, especially in regard to general information. I'd start there if I were you.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Untii Woody shows up, I'll say this much Keith. Between the three, I'd probably roll with UPSF or ABF first, and YRC last. YRC takes an automatic 15% off the top of your paycheck because of a collective vote by the drivers to "help the company out." Look into it. Based on some things I've read and what drivers have told me, YRC doesn't seem like a stable company to me. And their pension has changed over the years. I wouldn't put my trust in it.

ABF doesn't give vacations till TWO YEARS of service. That's a huge deal breaker for a lot of folks.

UPSF is strict and seems to micro manage, from how much facial hair you can wear to the uniform on your body. UPSF is probably the top paying LTL carrier, but you start out pretty low and have to work your way up through scheduled raises.

Politics aside, I've found that the union shops and non-union LTL companies are pretty comparable when all is said and done - if you're just looking at paychecks. I work for Old Dominion and wouldn't dream of leaving for UPSF, ABF, and especially YRC. Unless you're dead set on a union shop, you should also look into OD, Estes, Conway-Freight, Fed Ex Freight, and possibly Saia, depending on what part of the country you're in.

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
Keith L.'s Comment
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Thanks,

Your input is important to me, what can you tell me about ABF Veteran Driving Program, its indorsed with both DOD and the Teamsters.

Untii Woody shows up, I'll say this much Keith. Between the three, I'd probably roll with UPSF or ABF first, and YRC last. YRC takes an automatic 15% off the top of your paycheck because of a collective vote by the drivers to "help the company out." Look into it. Based on some things I've read and what drivers have told me, YRC doesn't seem like a stable company to me. And their pension has changed over the years. I wouldn't put my trust in it.

ABF doesn't give vacations till TWO YEARS of service. That's a huge deal breaker for a lot of folks.

UPSF is strict and seems to micro manage, from how much facial hair you can wear to the uniform on your body. UPSF is probably the top paying LTL carrier, but you start out pretty low and have to work your way up through scheduled raises.

Politics aside, I've found that the union shops and non-union LTL companies are pretty comparable when all is said and done - if you're just looking at paychecks. I work for Old Dominion and wouldn't dream of leaving for UPSF, ABF, and especially YRC. Unless you're dead set on a union shop, you should also look into OD, Estes, Conway-Freight, Fed Ex Freight, and possibly Saia, depending on what part of the country you're in.

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
Mathew H.'s Comment
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I am also interested in this. I am still in school but YRC has been in contact with me. I have family that work for Con-way LTL and they're happy with them. Good luck and stay safe.

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
6 string rhythm's Comment
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I am also interested in this. I am still in school but YRC has been in contact with me. I have family that work for Con-way LTL and they're happy with them. Good luck and stay safe.

How are they feeling about Con-Way being bought by XPO Logistics?

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
Turtle Tail's Comment
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I can comment a little on both situations. First off you live in Ohio so you would be in the central states pension fund which is not in great shape and might have government intervention soon. My Dad retired from Holland in central states fund which was bought by YRC shortly after he retired and he took a $700 dollar a month pension cut even though he never worked for YRC, he still gets a pretty good pension not sure how much he doesnt discuss such things. I'm with ABF in the western states, pension is well funded here. It is true no vacation till two years under the last contract up in 2018 but you do get 5 paid sick days and 2 personal days at the first of the year both of which you can schedule and use as vacation if you wish. Management has been pretty understanding about not getting vacation for two years and are pretty flexible if you need time off. You get zero cost insurance for the whole family, OT after 8 and home every day. Everyone is real nice and usually in a real good mood compared to most places I have worked. I work out of a really small barn of 8 drivers with 3 retiring in the next year so its a good time to get in if you want to move up the board. I have been there a year this month and casualed for 5 months before going full time. I now run whats called a utility route basically shuttle to a larger terminal about a hour away, its overnight but pays a extra dollar a hour and usually spend about a hour a night on the dock unloading high velocity freight. Which I like cause it gets me out of the truck in the middle of the night and wakes me up and lets me socialize. Hope that helps

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I can comment a little on both situations. First off you live in Ohio so you would be in the central states pension fund which is not in great shape and might have government intervention soon. My Dad retired from Holland in central states fund which was bought by YRC shortly after he retired and he took a $700 dollar a month pension cut even though he never worked for YRC, he still gets a pretty good pension not sure how much he doesnt discuss such things. I'm with ABF in the western states, pension is well funded here. It is true no vacation till two years under the last contract up in 2018 but you do get 5 paid sick days and 2 personal days at the first of the year both of which you can schedule and use as vacation if you wish. Management has been pretty understanding about not getting vacation for two years and are pretty flexible if you need time off. You get zero cost insurance for the whole family, OT after 8 and home every day. Everyone is real nice and usually in a real good mood compared to most places I have worked. I work out of a really small barn of 8 drivers with 3 retiring in the next year so its a good time to get in if you want to move up the board. I have been there a year this month and casualed for 5 months before going full time. I now run whats called a utility route basically shuttle to a larger terminal about a hour away, its overnight but pays a extra dollar a hour and usually spend about a hour a night on the dock unloading high velocity freight. Which I like cause it gets me out of the truck in the middle of the night and wakes me up and lets me socialize. Hope that helps

THanks for sharing that info. THis confirms what another driver from OH told me about his father's pension through Holland. Apparently, it was nearly cut in 1/2, I'm assuming that's when YRC acquired Holland.

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.

Rio Grande Woman's Comment
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Hello, I'm new to the forum and industry but my husband retired from Roadway with Central States Pension. We are looking at a $1400 a month cut thus my reason for joining this industry. His pension was supposed to be vested but apparently not. I hate thinking about paying into a plan and not seeing much back. Just my .02 cents.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hello, I'm new to the forum and industry but my husband retired from Roadway with Central States Pension. We are looking at a $1400 a month cut thus my reason for joining this industry. His pension was supposed to be vested but apparently not. I hate thinking about paying into a plan and not seeing much back. Just my .02 cents.

That sounds similar to the figures a driver told me in reference to his father's pension. Apparently he was getting around 3k a month from retiring with USF Holland, and now is only getting around 1,200.00. Not sure if he lives in OH or not.

I don't trust pensions.

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