Labor

Labor

Coverage of trucking contracts, employees, teamsters, and more.

Commentary

There is no easy or single solution to what many believe is a worsening truck driver shortage in the U.S., but that’s not stopping motor carriers and their customers from escalating their response.

News & Analysis

27 Apr 2015
A Teamsters-supported organization that is attempting to organize owner-operator truck drivers in Southern California said Monday a number of drivers were picketing the yards at several trucking companies, as well as marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
24 Apr 2015
A graduated licensing program for commercial drivers is needed to bring younger people into the trucking industry, ATA executives said.
23 Apr 2015
The Teamsters union lost another round in its terminal-by-terminal organizing battle with Con-way Freight, the second-largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier. To date, the union has three victories and six losses — not counting two terminals where the Teamsters withdrew an election petition.
21 Apr 2015
The number of job openings for transportation, warehouse and utility workers rose sharply from a year ago in February, as a milder winter created more opportunities in logistics businesses.
13 Apr 2015
Shippers need to work with trucking suppliers to find ways to 'mitigate' driver shortage as pay hikes push up rates, Werner's Derek Leathers says.
03 Apr 2015
Trucking employment declined last month for the first time since May 2013 as U.S. job markets overall stumbled amid slower-than-expected economic growth. For-hire trucking companies shed 6,800 jobs in March. At the same time, the U.S. created only 126,000 jobs, far fewer than anticipated.
01 Apr 2015
The truck driver shortage in the U.S. apparently is becoming "more pervasive" despite higher pay and retention efforts by for-hire trucking companies, data released by the American Trucking Associations suggests.
The frequency of spot market loads from Los Angeles is increasing as the West Coast container logjam begins to break.
22 Mar 2015
Signs that the container logjam in Southern California is beginning to break are showing up on the truck spot market, as deconsolidated loads come up for grabs at West Coast warehouses.
20 Mar 2015
The British government will consider ways to reduce a shortage of truck drivers that shippers and carriers say threatens economic growth in the U.K., including finding funds for driver training.
FedEx Freight truck
16 Mar 2015
Truck drivers at the Stockton, California terminal of FedEx Freight, the largest U.S. trucking company, voted to join the Teamsters union, making Stockton the fourth terminal to go union since the start of an organizing campaign last fall. However, six terminals have rejected the union, and the Teamsters have withdrawn six election petitions.