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Company hires for driver jobs

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

UPS is hiring for seasonal driver jobs.

The company said it expects to sign-up nearly 40,000 seasonal employees this Friday, in a one-day hiring blitz it’s calling ‘UPS Brown Friday’.

The company launched last month plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers to support its annual holiday shipping rush, and UPS Brown Friday is part of that continuing effort.

UPS is holding nearly 170 hiring fairs across the country on Friday, and will be hiring thousands of candidates on the spot.

“Just about everyone has heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for anyone looking for a great seasonal job this holiday season, UPS Brown Friday promises the first good deal of the season,” said  Stefond Harris, Vice President, Human Resources. “Many of those who come to one of our job fairs this Friday could be signed up for a seasonal role by Monday.”

Those who are unable to attend a hiring fair can still apply online, at UPSjobs.com. Videos featuring employees describing their work experience at UPS are also available at the UPS jobs website.

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including Chief Executive Officer David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over. In fact, 128,000 UPS employees established their careers at the company after starting as seasonal employees.

Company celebrates driver jobs

Monday, November 5th, 2018

One trucking industry company is spotlighting driver jobs.

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, today announced their plans for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TMAF will launch an advertising and digital campaign to thank the professional truck drivers on our road, as well as educate the public about the important contributions that truck drivers make and encourage them to #ThankATrucker.

“During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we thank the professional truck drivers who travel 4.5 billion collective miles each year to safely deliver the essential goods that help us live,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “This week, we celebrate the drivers – the faces of our industry – and remind the public to appreciate and #ThankATrucker.”

TMAF is recognizing the nation’s 3.5 million dedicated truck drivers through many communications channels this year. Billboard advertisements will appear along interstates throughout the country to thank truck drivers while educating motorists.

The billboards, which feature actual award-winning truck drivers from different states, depict the critical need for truck drivers in America, and how life’s essentials, such as food, gas or medicine would not be possible without truck drivers making those deliveries.

The billboards will appear on highways in Baltimore, Md.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Reno, Nev.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Conway, Ark.; Little Rock, Ark.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Dayton, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y.

As part of the advertising campaign, TMAF will also thank drivers over the radio airwaves, including on iHeartRadio, Road Dog Trucking Radio on Sirius XM and Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio.

As part of this year’s digital campaign, TMAF will share messages thanking drivers across its social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The social media content will demonstrate the important and fun fall activities and events.

Awards given out for driver jobs

Monday, November 5th, 2018

An organization is giving out awards for driver jobs.

Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks announced three finalists for the 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award. This is the eighth year for the award which was developed in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women within the trucking industry.

The award highlights the achievements of female role models and trailblazers in the trucking industry. The nominees for the award included women from all over the industry in various roles.

The 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:

  • Angela Eliacostas, Founder and CEO, AGT Global Logistics
  • Nozuko Mayeza, Managing Director, Tulsawiz Logistics
  • Brooke Willey, Vice President – Human Resources, CRST International

Angela Eliacostas has more than 30 years of experience in transportation, working her way from the ground up. Following generations of relatives with expertise in the transportation industry, Angela made the natural transition to her own career by learning the processes at trucking companies to running third-party logistics. Angela is an industry leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. She has grown a reputation in the energy and power logistics space. Angela has been recognized for making AGT Global Logistics one of the top 50 in Illinois and top 1000 woman-owned businesses in the United States.

Nozuko Mayeza is a passionate truck business owner who hails from South Africa. Through her passion, she has managed to make inroads into a male dominated sector for over seven years. She is the finalist for Women in Africa awards 2018 and the chairperson of the Black Business Council subcommittee on Commercial and public transport. Nozuko is a mentor to females in trucking both in South Africa and Ghana.

Brooke Willey leads the HR function for CRST International as Vice President of Human Resources, a $1.7B transportation company comprised of seven operating companies with 9,500+ employees and driving partners/owner operators. Her passion is building strong leaders and leadership teams and has been publicly recognized for those efforts. Under her leadership development efforts, in 2016 CRST was named a ‘Top-10 Best Private Company for Leaders” by Chief Executive magazine. In 2017 CRST was named a ‘Workforce Leader in Training’ by the Corridor Business Journal and Kirkwood Community College. Brooke is also actively involved with non-profit organizations in her community, most recently a board member for United Way and Young Parents Network.

UPS hiring for driver jobs

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

UPS is ramping up to hire for driver jobs.

The company said it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2019.

“Every year, we deliver the holidays for millions of customers,” said Jim Barber, chief operating officer.  “In order to make that happen, we also deliver thousands of great seasonal jobs at our facilities across the country.”

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including Chief Executive Officer David Abney and other members of the company’s senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over.

Randy Ervin of Newton, Iowa was a college student looking for a way to earn extra cash when he took a seasonal job as a UPS driver helper in October 1988. On Jan. 31 he’ll retire as a Labor Relations Manager with 30 years of service with the company. “I came to UPS with a motorcycle and a 2-year-old daughter,” Ervin said. “Thirty years later, I’m able to retire with financial security. It’s been a great career. UPS is probably one of the last Fortune 50 companies where you can come in and write your own future.”

Kevin Whitehill of Des Moines, Iowa was a college student when he started a seasonal job as a part-time package handler on his 19th birthday – Nov. 19, 1996. He worked part-time for several years and took advantage of UPS’s tuition reimbursement program to get his degree. Twenty-two years later, he’s an on-road supervisor managing tractor-trailer drivers. “I never intended UPS to be a career,” he said. “I took a job for Christmas. As I moved along, the opportunities were just too good to pass up.”

Process to affect driver jobs

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

A new process regarding diabetes will affect driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule revising federal regulations permitting individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

Previously, individuals with ITDM were prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtained an exemption from FMCSA.  The action removes major administrative and financial burdens for this population of CMV operators while maintaining a high level of safety.

The rule enables a certified medical examiner (ME) to grant an individual with ITDM a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, MCSA-5876, for up to 12 months.  To do so, the treating clinician – the healthcare professional who manages, and prescribes insulin for, the treatment of the individual’s diabetes – provides the ITDM Assessment Form, MCSA-5870, to the certified ME indicating that the individual maintains a stable insulin regimen and proper control of his or her diabetes.  The certified ME is then responsible for determining if the individual meets FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and can operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

“This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency, and streamlines processes by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.  “It’s a win-win for all parties involved.”

The final rule will eliminate the exemption program that currently requires individuals with ITDM to incur recurring costs to renew and maintain their exemptions.  FMCSA estimates this will save the nearly 5,000 individuals with ITDM that currently have exemptions more than $5 million per year more than what they would endure under the exemption program.  The final rule will also save new ITDM exemption applicants and their associated motor carriers approximately $215,000 annually in opportunity and compliance costs related with the exemption program’s waiting period.

 

National Carriers Gives Additional Pay Raises in 2018 While Awarding Two Drivers $10,000

Monday, September 17th, 2018

An over-the road and a regional refrigerated driver with Irving, Texas based National Carriers, Inc. have each been given a $5000 bonus check in a recent recruiting promotion. This promotion caps a year of pay increases for the “Elite” Fleet drivers. In September of 2017, an across-the-board two cent per mile raise was given to both regional and OTR drivers. In May of 2018, an additional 2 cents per miles raise was implemented for these highly valued drivers. This was closely followed in July by a performance bonus. The additional compensation will reward drivers in the top 25% of three areas: safety, fuel economy, and service. A driver in the top 25% of each category will receive an additional penny per mile. Any driver in the top 25% of each area will then receive an additional bonus of one cent per mile on all paid miles driven during the quarter.

“National Carriers is excited to continue rewarding our professional drivers for their dedication to excellence. We are pleased to increase our drivers pay and allow all drivers an opportunity to increase their income through exceptional performance,” said NCI spokesperson, Ed Kentner. “Our management team, led by President Jim Franck, is proud of our drivers. In addition to providing late-model,

Driver-friendly equipment with no-touch freight and weekly settlements, National Carriers leadership team is dedicated to offering drivers an industry-leading pay package.”

Another area allowing drivers to earn extra compensation is through National Carriers driver referral program. In addition to the normal bonuses earned for referring drivers or owner operators, a recent promotion resulted in a two-driver tie for an additional $5000 recruiting bonus. Solo drivers Paula Miller and Jim Knott were each awarded $5000 for their contribution instead of the traditional expected split of the compensation.

For the second year in a row, Conagra has named National Carriers a top performer in transporting their products. National Carriers supports and is involved with Women in Trucking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truckload Carriers Association, and numerous other driver-related organizations.

How a pilot program will affect driver jobs

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A new pilot program for the military may go a long way in staffing for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

“This program will allow our Veterans and Reservists, to translate their extensive training into good-paying jobs operating commercial vehicles safely across the country, while also addressing the nationwide driver shortage,” said Secretary Chao.

As directed by Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the pilot program will grant a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce – provided they possess the Military equivalent of a CDL and are sponsored by a participating trucking company.

“As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, Secretary Chao and I were excited to highlight a program I helped champion to provide truck driver jobs to young veterans,” said Senator Fischer.

“This innovative program offers a way for our younger Veterans and Reservists to transition to the civilian workforce. I personally thank Secretary Chao and officials with the DOT who continue to find ways to utilize the training and talent of the men and women who served in uniform for our country,” said Congressman Bacon.

During the pilot program, which is slated to run for three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.

 

Analyzing crash data and driver jobs

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A new contest may impact how we analyze crash data for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation has launched the Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, a national multistage competition for local government, data scientists, technologists, academia and safety experts to analyze risk on the surface transportation system through advanced data analytics.

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, we have continued to make significant progress in transportation safety. Today’s announcement asks participants to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations to dramatically improve safety on our roads,” said Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan.

“Recent innovations in data analytics and visualization tools give us the potential to understand risk at the system level, and to develop tools and discover insights that will lead to new, life-saving strategies that address injuries and fatalities on our roadways,’ continued Kan.

Solving for Safety focuses on encouraging technology firms and safety stakeholders to create data visualizations that illuminate important insights about solving the highway safety problem.

To do more to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for the millions of Americans who travel each day, DOT is opening its different datasets- many of which are siloed, analyzed separately, and made available on just an annual basis- and asking data experts to develop tools that can be used to reduce risk.

Factors like the weather, road conditions, and time of day all play a role in risk- and targeted, sophisticated analysis will create, as Kan said, ‘clear, compelling data visualizations’, which can be used to mitigate crash risks.

Kan encouraged attendees at the Department’s Safety Data Forum to join the challenge and develop an analytical visualization tool that helps Solve for Safety.

The Challenge also invites companies and organizations to participate as Innovation Agents, a resource for Solvers. Innovation Agents are critical to the success of the Challenge by providing real world knowledge, guidance, insight, issues, data and recognition of the issue to non-transportation safety populations. A judging panel of cross-functional technical experts and senior level staff will select finalists and award prizes. Over the next six months, solvers will solve for safety and compete for part of the $350,000 prize purse.

Hours of service and driver jobs

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective.

While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.

Transportation safety and driver jobs

Monday, August 6th, 2018

New changes to transportation technology may affect the safety of driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation has launched the Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, a national multistage competition for local government, data scientists, technologists, academia and safety experts to analyze risk on the surface transportation system through advanced data analytics.

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, we have continued to make significant progress in transportation safety. Today’s announcement asks participants to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations to dramatically improve safety on our roads,” said Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan.

“Recent innovations in data analytics and visualization tools give us the potential to understand risk at the system level, and to develop tools and discover insights that will lead to new, life-saving strategies that address injuries and fatalities on our roadways,’ continued Kan.

Solving for Safety focuses on encouraging technology firms and safety stakeholders to create data visualizations that illuminate important insights about solving the highway safety problem.

To do more to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for the millions of Americans who travel each day, DOT is opening its different datasets- many of which are siloed, analyzed separately, and made available on just an annual basis- and asking data experts to develop tools that can be used to reduce risk.

Factors like the weather, road conditions, and time of day all play a role in risk- and targeted, sophisticated analysis will create, as Kan said, ‘clear, compelling data visualizations’, which can be used to mitigate crash risks.

Kan encouraged attendees at the Department’s Safety Data Forum to join the challenge and develop an analytical visualization tool that helps Solve for Safety.

The Challenge also invites companies and organizations to participate as Innovation Agents, a resource for Solvers. Innovation Agents are critical to the success of the Challenge by providing real world knowledge, guidance, insight, issues, data and recognition of the issue to non-transportation safety populations. A judging panel of cross-functional technical experts and senior level staff will select finalists and award prizes. Over the next six months, solvers will solve for safety and compete for part of the $350,000 prize purse.