Labor

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

Commentary

Truck-mounted cameras, especially those that capture video of the truck driver during an incident, may be a hard sell to some truckers, but as they realize the amount of control they have over the system — and see benefits — drivers will come around, according to Adam Kahn, senior director of marketing for SmartDrive.

News & Analysis

Rising pay
13 Aug 2014
After years of talking about the need to increase chronically low pay to attract and keep more truck drivers, trucking companies are beginning to put money on the table.
Con-way Truckload truck
12 Aug 2014
In a bid to recruit and keep more truck drivers, Con-way Truckload will raise per-mile pay, increase layover pay and offer more incentives to drivers that stay behind the wheel.
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index climbed 0.2 percentage points to 97.4 last month.
01 Aug 2014
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose for the fifth straight month in July, driven by steady improvement in the U.S. economy, stronger industrial output and freight demand.
Truck driver safety check
31 Jul 2014
Over-the-road shippers worried about peak-season capacity this fall need to focus on the front of the truck, not the back. There will be trailers available ready to receive freight, and enough trucks to pull them. What may be missing is the key ingredient in truck capacity: the driver.
Weekly wrap-up for July 19
19 Jul 2014
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
14 Jul 2014
A stronger U.S. industrial economy and surging imports are helping trucking companies hire more workers, despite continued reports of a driver shortage.
Weekly wrap-up for July 12, 2014
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
Sisyphus
11 Jul 2014
Events this past week demonstrate that the Teamsters union remains dead serious about organizing harbor truck drivers, but also highlight the uphill battle the union faces.
10 Jul 2014
The Teamsters union today promised to turn up the heat on trucking companies and marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor, although their efforts did not affect cargo-handling and gate operations in the nation’s largest port complex.