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Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:25 PM

Why Trucking is Struggling - 94% Turnover

And the port conditions of course.
More info in the supply chain.
If everybody is "an independent contractor " when they don't want to be, why are companies suprised when people dont show under adverse conditions?. Reminds me of an article at Utne reader, from 10 years ago, on distribution/warehouse workers.

[link:https://prospect.org/economy/why-trucking-cant-deliver-the-goods/|


For the past dozen years, Omar Alvarez has been a key link in the nation’s supply chain. He’s one of some 12,000 truckers who haul the containers from the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (where 40 percent of all the ship-borne imports to the United States arrive) to the immense complex of warehouses 50 miles east of L.A., where the goods are unpacked, resorted, put back on other trucks, and sent to all the Walmarts, Targets, and the like within a thousand-mile radius.

Alvarez works for one of the largest trucking companies at the ports, XPO Logistics, but XPO insists that Alvarez and his fellow truckers aren’t really employees. As far as XPO is concerned, they’re independent contractors and it treats them as such—though they drive XPO trucks they lease from the company or its adjuncts and can’t use those trucks for any other jobs. As independent contractors, they receive no benefits and aren’t covered by minimum-wage statutes. They must pay for their gas, maintenance, rig insurance, and repairs themselves; and, ever since the pandemic clogged the ports with more goods than ever before, they’ve had to wait in lines for as long as four to six uncompensated hours before they can access a container and get it on the road. If they get in the wrong line at the port, they literally can’t get out, surrounded by other trucks and doomed to waste more time. Many ports don’t even provide bathrooms for waiting truckers, because they aren’t port employees.

According to a 2019 study by the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the median annual pre-tax income of Alvarez and his fellow port truckers, once their expenses are factored in, is a munificent $28,000.

“We have no health insurance,” Alvarez says. Like the majority of port truckers, he’s an immigrant who doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. “When I need to see a doctor,” he says, “I drive [not in his truck] to Tijuana.”

Perhaps one-fifth of port truckers actually are independent contractors; nearly everyone else is, like Alvarez, misclassified as independents. Over the past decade, dozens of lawsuits from misclassified drivers have resulted in judgments affirming that they’ve been misclassified and awarding them compensation from the companies that misclassified them. XPO recently paid a $30 million fine to a large number of its drivers. But neither XPO nor any of the other fined companies have stopped misclassification. It’s cheaper for them to pay a fine than to pay their drivers a living wage.

Not surprisingly, given the long waits and meager rewards, a lot of drivers have simply stopped showing up. According to Gene Seroka, the executive director of the Port of L.A., fully 30 percent of the port’s 12,000 drivers no longer show up on weekdays, a percentage that rises to 50 percent on weekends. Once the waits exceed six hours, as they now sometimes do, drivers would run the risk of exceeding the 11-hour federal limit on trucker workdays if they then were to actually get a load—which means the port must turn them away, and they’ll have spent an entire workday for no pay at all.

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Reply Why Trucking is Struggling - 94% Turnover (Original post)
leighbythesea2 Feb 2022 OP
Mary in S. Carolina Feb 2022 #1
Corgigal Feb 2022 #3
llmart Feb 2022 #4
leighbythesea2 Feb 2022 #5
onecaliberal Feb 2022 #2
Baked Potato Feb 2022 #6
madville Feb 2022 #12
Baked Potato Feb 2022 #13
madville Feb 2022 #14
Baked Potato Feb 2022 #16
enough Feb 2022 #7
leighbythesea2 Feb 2022 #10
Xolodno Feb 2022 #8
madville Feb 2022 #9
leighbythesea2 Feb 2022 #11
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2022 #17
Miguelito Loveless Feb 2022 #15
Demovictory9 Feb 2022 #18

Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:32 PM

1. They make no money

 

Trucking is a scam, they lure people into buying their own trucks, responsible for repairs and insurance, etc. They contract for long hours, and they get paid peanuts. One of the worse and most dangerous jobs in the US if you ask me (due to the number of hours driving).

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Response to Mary in S. Carolina (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:40 PM

3. This above.

I always thought it was a middle class lifestyle, while it’s hard work.

Nope, I was wrong and they get paid much less then I expected.

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Response to Mary in S. Carolina (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:47 PM

4. There was a time when most drivers were union.

They got paid well with great benefits. But after Reagan, that all disappeared.

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Response to Mary in S. Carolina (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:54 PM

5. I heard this

Know some folks whose family have/had generations doing this work. It used to be pretty good. Now it's better if you are working a local area, and going home at night. So the youngest switched to that.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:32 PM

2. Wow, I had no clue that was happening. But, but, but, we need more tax cuts for the rich.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:54 PM

6. Using cannabis brings trouble via DOT. Could be a factor, too. Nt

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Response to Baked Potato (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:40 PM

12. It's a huge factor these days, drug/alcohol testing is required

I work for a big electric utility, still have to maintain a Class A CDL for my position but rarely ever drive a commercial vehicle these days. Had to take a random drug test (urinalysis) last week, testing is tracked by and required because of federal DOT regulations.

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Response to madville (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:47 PM

13. I think eventually there has to be a compromise. Nt

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Response to Baked Potato (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 11:00 PM

14. The only possibility would be "real time" testing like alcohol

If some form of THC testing is eventually accepted that can reliably prove someone is not under the influence say within 12 hours of use, there might be some avenue to move away from the current zero tolerance standard.

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Response to madville (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 11:32 PM

16. Agree, and it has to be rock solid accurate. Nt

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:56 PM

7. Why aren't there trucker protests about this? Could it be that the money for protesting is

coming from somewhere else?

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Response to enough (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:23 PM

10. It's a

Really long article, but at the very end it says thats what needs to happen. Protesting & unionizing, (like they did 70 years ago).
There are some legal suits happening in CA, basically if they "look and act like employees", call them such-- that misclassification violates the nation's labor laws.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:13 PM

8. What a surprise, independent contractors...start acting like...

..independent contractors.

Is this job worth it? Nope. Then not taking it.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:17 PM

9. The trucking industry preys on entry-level drivers

People can make a good living doing it, especially in niche fields, either working for a company or as an independent.

BUT……a large part of the industry is built around churning through entry level drivers as a business model, many do it a year or two then give up.

Long haul or OTR driving is the most common entry level job, it is seen by many as a stepping stone to get a better local/regional gig with a company and benefits. The better trucking jobs all require several years of experience, the only way for many to get experience is to work a crappy job for a few years.

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Response to madville (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:25 PM

11. Definitely

Have heard this from friends/relatives.

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Response to madville (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 8, 2022, 12:02 AM

17. Yep. You see companies like Schneider with permanent ads on the side of their trucks looking ...

… for drivers.

Never a good sign when a company is always hiring.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 11:30 PM

15. USF Holland just told us they were no longer

picking up for the next 3 weeks, delivery service only. They blame COVID and no shows.

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Response to leighbythesea2 (Original post)

Tue Feb 8, 2022, 03:43 AM

18. k&r

interesting

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