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Con-way Freight Raises Driver Pay Ahead of Union Votes in California

Rip Watson Transport Topics October 08, 2014 View the original piece Con-way Freight announced a driver pay increase Sept. 30, several weeks before scheduled union representation elections at three Southern California terminals. Con-way, whose less than truck load unit is the third largest in the United States , said the increase and faster progression to the top rate was tied to the driver shortage. Click here to read more.

Rebuilding Trucking Starts with Teamsters

I read all the headlines about freight companies desperate to fill job openings. We’re told there’s a driver shortage. Well, that’s what happens when you cut wages and benefits to the bone. Nobody sees it as a decent way to make a living. When I hired on years ago, a union job with a pension was like hitting the lottery. Now, our contract is next to nothing when it comes to the union enforcing it...

Con-way Freight plans $60 million LTL driver pay hike

William B. Cassidy The Journal of Commerce October 01, 2014 View the original piece Con-way Freight today said it will boost truck driver pay by $60 million in 2015, restructuring pay rates for more than 14,000 line-haul and pickup-and-delivery drivers nationwide. The second-largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier said it will raise pay, align rates with geographic markets and reduce the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.   The new pay plan at Con-way...

Locals Start Freight Organizing. Where's the International?

September 24, 2014: One hundred thirteen Con-way workers at the Laredo Texas terminal voted to join Teamster Local 657 on Sept 11. It’s a first-time win for our union.   The same month, Southern California Joint Council 42 filed for organizing elections at three Con-way terminals, in Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, and San Fernando.   And, Philadelphia Local 107 filed for organizing elections at FedEx Freight.   Is this the start of movement to organize in freight and trucking? We...

Time to Challenge YRC Purchased Transportation

September 24, 2014: YRC drivers are fed-up with pictures like this. It’s time to go beyond complaining and challenge subcontracting. There is language in the YRC MOU that offers protections, if it is utilized and enforced. It’s time to do just that. Here is some of the language that exists in the MOU:   “The maximum amount of over-the-road purchased transportation shall be limited to 6% (starting with Calendar Year 2014) of YRC Freight’s total miles...”   “The use of PTS under this section 7(e)...
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