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Laredo Con-way Workers Join Local 657

September 13, 2014: Yesterday the Laredo Texas Con-way terminal workers voted to join Teamsters Local 657, in a first-ever organizing win at the giant LTL carrier. Los Angeles Joint Council 42 just filed with the NLRB for organizing votes at three Con-way terminals in Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs and San Fernando. Is this the start of movement to organize in freight and trucking? We hope so! It’s certainly a good first step, and should...

Teamsters' Efforts Advance At Con-way, FedEx LTL Units

Rip Watson Transport Topics 11, 2014 View the original piece Teamsters union organizing efforts are advancing at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, the two largest nonunion less-than-truckload carriers, according to National Labor Relations Board records. At Con-Way, Local 657 led the effort for a representation election supervised by the National Labor Relartions Board that has been set for Sept. 12 in Laredo, Texas, according to NLRB officials. Click here to read more.

Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?

Howard Abramson Fleet Owner 03, 2014 View the original piece In my many years covering trucking, I’ve been surprised by the industry’s steadfastly antagonistic approach to government attempts to impose new regulations and requirements to improve safety. By and large, fleets seem to look upon safety regulations as a burden to be resisted when possible and to be grudgingly endured only when active political resistance fails. While I accept that most fleets strive to reduce...

Electronic Logs Mandate: Outrage & Applause

Oliver Patton Truckinginfo.com 02, 2014 View the original piece Comments on the proposed electronic logging device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule. Most of the 2,213 comments are from individuals who do not like what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to do. Many include substantive suggestions for how to improve what the agency is...

Here's The Real Reason Why The Trucking Industry Is Running Out Of Drivers

Mamta Badkar and Rob Wile Business Insider 19, 2014 View the original piece Higher driving costs and falling pay have created a truck-driver shortage that's likely to worsen in the coming years. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates the U.S. is short 30,000 truck drivers — a number expected to surge to 239,000 by 2022. In July 2013, new federal hours-of-service rules went into effect.  The key provision was a limit to the use of...
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