Skip to comments.This High-Paying Job Has 235,600 Unfilled Positions Across The US
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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My son tried truck driving. He hauled cross-country for a large company. However, his loads tended to be strings of “drive 100 miles, unload and load. Drive 50 miles, pick up a little more. Drive 100 miles etc...” Near his time limit, he would get a warning from the company computer that he had XX minutes to park before the company killed the engine by remote control.
Since he was paid by the mile, and limited in duty hours, and his time not moving counted against his duty hours, he was hauling in $200/week after food. He always slept in the truck.
The good routes went to guys who bought their trucks from the company and needed cash to pay the company back. If you didn’t want to go into debt for $100,000+ before driving, you got routes that didn’t come close to paying minimum wage.
He quit, got a job doing security, and tripled his income (with overtime, he likes to work) with a LOT more time at home. He’s also never taken drugs, is in the National Guard, and knows how to show up on time and work until the job is finished.
THAT is why the jobs go begging. The government wants to give the truck driving industry over to Mexico.
Also, this line from the article:
“At trucking companies from YRC Worldwide to Swift Transportation to Werner Enterprises, this works out to a perverse requirement that they do “less with more.” Moving goods from Point A to Point B now requires that trucking companies hire more drivers but work them less.”
My son worked for Werner. He hated them. Less time working = less income. His paychecks were sent to my house as his permanent address, so I saw what he was taking in. And in one 2 month period, he made it home one time overnight.
Is it government regulation or just the industry in general. It seems like regulation to me, but trucking’s always looked like a bad business to me.