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

21 Jul 2015
The Teamsters are deploying a bi-coastal strategy to challenge what the union charges is misclassification of drayage truck drivers as independent contractors, an indication of how the issue has expanded far beyond the San Pedro Bay area.
16 Jul 2015
Transportation and warehousing businesses and utilities can't hire enough workers to fill available positions, as moderate economic growth in the U.S. generates strong demand for employees ready and willing to move freight.
14 Jul 2015
The average driver turnover rate dropped suddenly in the first quarter. Have waves of wage increases paid off for carriers, or is the decline a temporary blip?
18 Jun 2015
Truckload carrier Transport America hopes to tackle the driver recruitment and retention problem from two angles: raising per mile pay, and increasing its speed limit to give drivers more miles.
09 Jun 2015
A surge in hiring and job openings at transportation and warehousing companies in April indicates logistics businesses are preparing for a stronger, if not stellar, second quarter and second half.
08 Jun 2015
The Teamsters and unionized car-haulers begin labor talks on a long-term contract at a time when auto sales are booming and the car-hauling industry is healthier, and more consolidated.
05 Jun 2015
A gain of 8,600 jobs put trucking recruitment on a faster track in May as the economy and freight shipping demand apparently picked up. For-hire carriers are likely to need many more workers, especially in truck cabs, if the economy grows more quickly.
04 Jun 2015
As trucking firms battle for qualified drivers, Covenant Transport is offering more than 1,000 team drivers on its payroll $1,000 a week in guaranteed minimum pay, perhaps the largest guarantee of its kind yet. That kind of guarantee requires strong support from shippers.
18 May 2015
The number of heavy truck drivers in the U.S. rose more quickly last year, breaking past 1.6 million for the first time since 2008, as higher pay and strong freight demand attracted recruits. Demand still reportedly outstrips the number of drivers, however, which is lower than in any year from 2005-2008.
15 May 2015
The Teamsters union lost a representation election at FedEx Freight's Chicago Heights, Illinois, terminal, the latest setback in the union's effort to organize the largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier. So far, the Teamsters have organized four FedEx Freight terminals.