Schneider Snapshots – Photo Contest Seeks Submissions

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but thanks to Schneider’s new contest, your picture could be worth $500. Schneider Snapshots is an amateur photography contest launched by the trucking company with the hopes of encouraging people to spot and snap pictures of its iconic equipment.

“The most popular photos on Schneider’s social media sites are the ones that are sent to us by professional drivers and the motoring public, capturing those special moments when a Schneider National truck passes through another North American town,” said Mike Norder, a spokesperson for Schneider. “We thought a contest like this would be the perfect way to celebrate our fans’ passion for photography, scenic beauty and Schneider equipment!”

Anyone over the age of 18 with a Facebook account is invited to enter the contest. Contest rules are simple. Because of Schneider’s commitment to safety, photos entered in the contest cannot have been taken while operating a moving vehicle. In order to be eligible to win, photos must include a Schneider truck or trailer, without any people or customer logos. Individuals are invited to enter once daily, but each submission must be a different photo.

After photos are submitted, Schneider will ask the public to help them pick a winner. From June 2-19, those interested in helping pick the winning image can vote once a day for their favorite picture at www.schneiderjobs.com/contest. (There is no age requirement for voting, but you must have a valid Facebook account in order to cast your vote.)

After all the votes are counted, the winner will be announced on June 29. The winning photographer will be presented with a $500 Visa debit card and feature his or her photo on the homepage Schneider’s recruiting website. Additionally, the company will use the winning photo in a number of ways all across the site.

The company has high hopes for Schneider Snapshots after the success of a previous photo contest, October Orangeout, that the trucking company held on Instagram last year. 130 photos were submitted during that contest, and Schneider anticipates even more submissions this time around.

If you would like more information about Schneider Snapshots, including how to submit your photo and info on the voting process, visit their website or connect with Schneider on Facebook.

 

Navajo Express Unveils New Pay Program for Drivers

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Denver-based Navajo Express announced it will begin a new truck driver pay program for new and existing drivers starting the first of June. The trucking company will offer ready-to-work drivers with less than five years driving experience guaranteed daily pay during their first year at Navajo. Mileage rates for drivers currently employed by Navajo will also increase. In addition, new driver referrals will increase by $500 to $1,000.

“We realized that we were looking at the way we paid our drivers the wrong way. This new guaranteed pay program allows new drivers to become comfortable with the way we do business, and assures that they are taking the time to learn all of the Navajo process and procedures,” said Vice President of Navajo Express Becky Mackintosh.

Navajo created the new pay program with driver recruitment in mind, and, additionally, driver retention.

“We are making a commitment to our drivers that they mean much more to us than just miles,” said Don Digby, Jr., president of Navajo Express. “We want to be able to give them guaranteed daily pay for being available to work.”

Navajo anticipates the new driver pay program will be a multi-million dollar investment over the course of the next year.

This is our way of showing our drivers they are important and we are building our company around them,” said Digby.

In attempts to further the driver-centric focus, Navajo will also place emphasis on driver training and safe operating.

For more information about Navajo or to apply for open driving positions, visit the company’s profile page, the link is provided at the top of the page.

WIT’s Member of the Month Has Long Record of Safety

Women In Trucking Association is proud to announce Jeana Hysell as its Member of the Month for May. Hysell, of Phoenix, AZ, is a Regional Safety Manager for CEMEX – Newline Transportation.

Hysell’s position brings with it a huge amount of responsibility. Hysell responsibilities include ensuring FMCSA/DOT, OSHA,/NIOSHA and MSHA regulations are followed, as well as leading accident and injury investigations, face to face safety meetings, and Drug and Alcohol programs throughout her region, which consists of all transport drivers west of the Mississippi River.

Hysell has worked in the trucking industry since 1979. She got her start as a company driver before eventually moving up to an owner-operator. Hysell moved up quickly, developing her own fleet of five trucks by leasing them to a major carrier. After Hysell racked up over 2 million safe miles, she decided it was time to leave her “office behind a windshield” for the “mortars of a classroom”. Hysell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2003 from Central Missouri State University (currently called University of Central Missouri). A year later she would graduate with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety/Transportation Safety from CSMU. Hysell has also earned a number of certifications related to Fleet Safety Management, including her Certified Director Safety (CDS), Accident Investigation and Fleet Management, among others.

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May Member of the Month Jeana Hysell. Photo courtesy of Women in Trucking.

Before taking on her current position, Hysell served as the President/CEO at Safety Compliance Professionals LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on FMCSA guidelines and regulations for motor carriers. Hysell also served as Safety Compliance Professionals’ Director of Safety, where she was in charge of handling any accident or accident procedure plus mitigating to reduce a motor carrier’s score under the CSA program after an accident. This position allowed Hysell the opportunity to spend many hours in depositions as a representative for motor carriers, often serving as an expert witness on driver/motor carrier responsibilities in numerous legal cases.

Hysell has also long shown a commitment to safety. In 2007, Hysell was named Safety Professional of the Year in Ohio. While working for Walmart in Ohio, Hysell led her private fleet to the title of Safest Fleet in Ohio, and individually earned the Driver of the Quarter award two years in a row. Her commitment to safety continued after she moved to Arizona, where she helped an Arizona trucking company earn the Safest Fleet in the State of Arizona award. Drivers in this fleet also earned Driver of the Quarter and Driver of the Year awards under Hysell’s leadership.

Hysell is heavily involved in the industry outside of her role as safety manager. Hysell belongs to a number of transportation organizations, including econoLABS, Arizona Trucking Association, California Trucking Association, and the National Safety Council. Hysell is also very active with the Women in Trucking association, where she serves as Vice Chair of the WIT Foundation and sits on the advisory board for DOT/FMCSA questions. Hysell also wrote a monthly safety article for WIT for many yeas. Before moving to Arizona, Hysell served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Trucking Association.

Today, Hysell still maintains a current CDL with all the endorsements stating, “You just never know, I might need it again.” No matter where Hysell’s journey leads, we’re sure that all those around her will be safer because of it.

 

 

Con-Way Proves They are “True to the Troops”

A very happy crowd was present in Joplin, Missouri as the mayor declared May 1st as Con-way Truckload True to the Troops Day.

“We’re just so honored to have a truck base here in the community that has this kind of troop focus,” said Mayor Michael Seibert, City of Joplin.

The declaration was announced along with Con-way’s new military appreciation campaign called “True to the Troops”. The program reaffirms Con-way’s commitment to veterans by introducing even more benefits and hiring initiatives intended to assist veterans who are interested in a career in the trucking industry.

“The biggest benefit for our drivers is of course being a part of our company, our culture. Growing the company with us, and being able to provide gainful and continued employment,” said Joe Dagnese, President of Con-way Truckload.

After the Mayor’s declaration, Con-way unveiled new tractor-trailers wrapped with special military themed images.Con-Way True to the Troops

“It was a joint effort done by a group of individuals. And we did have input from various military individuals who helped us create the design,” Dagnese explained.

Both the crowd and Con-way drivers responded well to the design.

“So far the feedback is all positive. All positive. When we get the trucks out on the road, I’m sure our two drivers, as well as their CB’s, are just going to be busting up out there with everyone calling them, wanting to know what this is all about,” said Dagnese.

“I love it! I love it. It’s going to be an honor, you know, a pleasure for me to drive the truck,” said Darrell Bogan, Con-way truck driver.

“I think it’s a good thing. It honors me that the company has done this. That they have recognized the veterans for what we have done and what we can do,” said Tomy Fox, Con-way truck driver.

Con-way offers a variety of benefits to veterans, including priority hiring, paid tuition, tuition reimbursement, and paid on-the-job-training. Con-way currently employees more than 500 veterans, and hope that this number will continue to increase. The True to the Troops initiative aims to provide veterans with lifelong careers in not only OTR truck driving, but other areas like IT or finance as well.

 

Gordon Trucking Honored for Safety

Gordon Trucking has not only one, but two reasons to celebrate. Gordon was recently honored by two statewide associations for their continues commitment to safety.

This spring, both the Indiana Motor Trucking Association (IMTA) and the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA) hosted summits to recognize fleets who had shown excellence in safety management. Gordon Trucking won the Fleet Safety Awards for the large fleet divisions in both Illinois and Indiana.

“We are honored to be recognized by the IMTA and ITA for our commitment to safe operation,” says Brett Terchila, Vice President of Operations for Gordon Trucking Inc., eastern region. “This recognition is the result of a safety culture created by our organization working together to place safety at the forefront of everything we do. We owe thanks to our driving associates for their continued professionalism and commitment to our core values of safety, service and sustainability.”Gordon Trucking

The awards across various states show Gordon’s efforts to promote safety nationwide. So far, in 2015, Gordon Trucking, which is headquartered in Pacific, Washington, has received safety awards in Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, and California. The company is hopeful that it will receive even more before the year’s end.

Gordon boasts a long list of awards from various states and organizations across the United States on their website. Just last year, Gordon Trucking was honored with a SmartWay®Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

If you would like more information on how you can begin your career with one of the safest and most reliable large truckload carriers in North America, visit Gordon Trucking’s website at the link above. You can also see a list of job openings for other safe trucking companies as well.

2015 Truckers Jamboree Hits Multiple Locations

Iowa 80 truck stopIt’s that time of year again for America’s truck drivers to celebrate their careers at this year’s Trucker Jamboree. Mark your calendars for May 7 because that’s when the parties begin. It’ll be the time to celebrate America’s truck drivers and all the hard work and dedication they continuously give to the states.

For the truckers who are not aware, the Trucker Jamboree comes with a whole list of exciting opportunities and events. This 36-year tradition is divided up into four different jamborees in different parts of the country. The kickoff is the East Coast Truckers Jamboree in Kenly, North Carolina. The last and final jamboree is at the Iowa 80 truck stop, the largest one in the world!

If truckers take one look at the photos from last year’s jamborees, they’ll be sold on going this year. For the truckers who haven’t been to the jamboree, you won’t want to miss out on a weekend dedicated to celebrating your trucking career. This annual tradition creates the opportunity for truckers to bring their families together and experience the sights and sounds of a truck show with their fellow drivers. This year’s show includes an antique truck display, a cookout, carnival outings, live music and fireworks that will end the event with a bang!

The Iowa 80 Group prefaces the event by saying, “It’s our way of saying thank you to our driver customers and showcasing the trucking industry to the general public.” says Delia Moon Meier. “Our Truckers Jamborees are all about the professional driver. We are proud to celebrate them and the vital job they do.”

Truckers should come dressed in their most comfortable clothes because they’ll be moving around quite a bit for this one. The Truckers Jamboree allows for some refreshing time outside of the truck, or inside the truck if your little ones want to check out the antique truck show. One of the most exciting events is the Truckers Olympics Games. Last year’s Olympic games included a strong pull, a tire flip, a tire roll, steering wheel ring and a water balloon toss.

This jamboree includes all things trucking and that means the antique truck show is back for 2015. Spots for the antique truck show are on a first come, first serve basis, better send in those requests truckers!

The 2015 schedule for the Truckers Jamboree is as follows:

·         May 7-9 East Coast Truckers Jamboree, Kenly, NC

·         June 5-6 Joplin Truckers Jamboree, Joplin, MO

·         June 12-13 Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree, Oak Grove, MO

·         July 9-11 Walcott Truckers Jamboree, Walcott, IA

You can go here to view a list of specific truck stops.

Craven Community College Announces CDL Program

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Students in the areas surrounding Craven Community College have a new opportunity to receive their CDL. Craven Community College has announced that for the first time in the school’s history, it will offer a Commercial Driver License Training Program. Craven Community College said that the decision to develop a CDL program came in response to the growing demand for drivers in the trucking industry and more specifically, trucking companies in the area.

Craven Community College interim dean for Workforce Development Robin Matthews said the college has been working with both national and local trucking companies to ensure that graduates of the program will learn all the skills they need in order to find employment and be successful in the trucking industry.

“Our new CDL program offers short-term training for a great career in transportation, which is a vital part of our economy locally and across the state,” CCC President Catherine Chew said in a press release. “There are so many job opportunities in the field for both short and long distance carriers. One could also become an individual owner or an entrepreneur with a fleet of trucks and drivers. There are a lot of possibilities.”

The program will offer both Class A and Class B CDL training.

The director of the CDL program brings plenty of on and off the road experience with him. Joe Porter has over 30 years of commercial truck driving experience as well as seven years of teaching experience, said CCC.

“We’re very fortunate in having Joe Porter as the program manager,” Matthews said. “He drove trucks for years, owned his own fleet and has experience teaching.”

Porter previously taught in the CDL programs at both the Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Decatur, Georgia and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The first round of Class A CDL classes are set to begin July 13. The program will be 350 hours and will last seven weeks. Classes will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The total cost for the program will be $2,000 and the first class will be limited to 18 students.

“While it may seem like a lot of money at first, it’s a huge investment in your future,” Matthews said. “Of course, there are costs for the college to operate the program as well. But when you look at the possibilities afterwards, especially with many truck driving jobs offering sign-on bonuses, you could potentially cover the tuition costs as soon as you complete the program.”

Mathews says that candidates who have a clean driving record, background check, and drug test are likely to be offered a job after completing the program.

“It’s a golden opportunity, whether you’re willing to travel cross-country or even locally, there are jobs available,” he said.

The college hopes that working closely with trucking companies during the development of the program and beyond will allow the program to build a positive reputation within the trucking industry, so that others in the industry come to expect highly skilled workers graduate from the Craven Community College program.

“When we were considering new workforce development training programs, CDL came immediately to mind because of the high demand for commercial truck drivers,” said Gery Boucher, associate vice president of innovation and workforce solutions. “We’ve already received inquiries from trucking companies looking for drivers before we’ve even started the training program.”

Additionally, students who receive their CDL credential will be able to look for trucking jobs not just in North Carolina, but across the US as well.

“The CDL credential is transferable to other states, so it is also a great career opportunity for our military service men and women who are transitioning into civilian employment,” said Boucher.

Graduates from the CCC CDL program will be able to help ease the nationwide driver shortage as well. The U.S. Department of Labor says that the number of truck driver jobs is expected to grow by at least 11 percent in the coming years.

Trucking jobs also prove to be lucrative, with the ATA reporting a median annual salary for drivers as between $46,000 and $73,000.

A four hour orientation for students interested in the Craven Community College CDL program will be held on June 1st.  For more information about the program and its enrollment requirements, call 252-638-7248, or visit their website.

New Port Trucking Firm Eco Flow to Hire All Employee Truck Drivers

For months, truckers who haul to and from ports along the West Coast have been striking in efforts to be recognized as full time employees rather than contractors. Just last week, hundreds of truckers walked off the job in a strike organized by the Teamsters and protested for their right to be seen as full time employees, finally gaining all the benefits that come along with that status. However, many of these truckers were forced to return to work after a few days in order to be able to continue to provide for their families.

However, the introduction of a new business is expected to be a game changer. Ontario-based Eco Flow, a newly formed short-haul trucking company, has announced that it will give all its employees full employment status. The formation of the company is a win for drivers, as well as Teamsters.

Gaining full time employment is important for port drivers. Drivers from many companies report that their classification as independent contractors leaves them with fewer workplace protections and lower pay than they would receive as employees. Drivers say that, despite working long hours, they often make less than minimum wage after trucking companies take out funds for fuel, truck leases, and other costs.

The new firm is the product of discussions between Teamsters, truck drivers, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor Garcetti was on hand Monday at a press conference at Dodgers stadium to announce the formation of Eco Flow. Mayor Garcetti said that he was talking with other firms about launching similar employee models, which could transform the way port trucking looks.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti meets with port drivers. (Picture courtesy of Justice4PortDrivers Twitter)

“We are hoping that by bringing people together, a new business strategy can change this industry. The misclassification of truck drivers are not the gripes of a few truck drivers, but the battle cry of a systemic problem that must be addressed,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday. These professional men and women drivers are just the type of middle-class Angelenos we need to support as we build an economy that works for everyone. Eco Flow is leading the way and becoming a model for the future of goods movement in Southern California — and soon, the rest of the nation as well.”

The new firm is supported by Saybrook Capital, a Los-Angeles-based private equity firm that also is behind another port hauling company, Total Transportation Services, Inc. TTSI has been accused in the past of wage theft and for firing truckers last year after they organized and refused to drop wage claims.

The Teamsters have worked closely with Eco Flow, convincing them to adopt a “port solutions agreement” that states the company will use only employee drivers. Additionally, the agreement states that Eco Flow will remain neutral on unionization. The agreement also will allow for Teamsters and TTSI to work together to work out legal issues surrounding last year’s alleged firings. Nearly all of the 35 drivers fired by TTSI have been offered jobs with Eco Flow, Julie Gutman Dickinson, an outside counsel for the Teamsters’ port division told the Los Angeles Times.

Many involved are excited about the implications Eco Flow is expected to bring to the trucking industry. Jonathan Rosenthal, a principal with Saybrook and board chairman of Eco Flow, stated that the new company will “serve as the model for port trucking – a model in which drivers have a vested interest in the future success of the company while providing a stable, consistent and productive workforce.

Alex Paz, an employee driver for Eco Flow formerly employed by TTSI, said during the same press conference Garcetti attended that  he found it hard to believe how much had changed in a year, and was prepared to see continued growth for Eco Flow in the future.

“We are 100 percent committed to working with you all to make Eco Flow a success,” Paz said. “We know that we are a part of something new and different and great. And we are committed to helping to make the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach more efficient because we know that what we haul on and off the docks is what makes America great.”

Eco Flow currently employs 80 drivers, and has set a goal of reaching 500 within a year. With growth like that, Eco Flow is sure to have a profound on the industry. Do you think that this model will prove successful, and perhaps lead other companies to adopt similar models as well? Let us know in the comments below.