Labor

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

The US truck sector entered 2018 short truck drivers, and by the time the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate was implemented in the spring, the driver shortage rose to as many 51,000 positions, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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News & Analysis

US truckload carriers still short drivers: ATA
24 Jul 2019
The driver shortage has diminished, but not disappeared, the American Trucking Associations says. Demographics, freight demand, and pay are the key issues.
23 Jul 2019
Negotiations this week will attempt to cool the tensions building among freelance truckers in Brazil, who are unhappy with new minimum rates the government attempted to implement.
15 May 2019
With a new five-year contract finally in place, YRC Worldwide is working to recover less-than-truckload shippers who withheld or shifted business in the months before the Teamsters contract was approved.
14 May 2019
The FMCSA is seeking comments on plans for a second pilot program testing whether 18- to 20-year-olds should drive trucks in interstate commerce.
03 May 2019
A new contract was approved by 60 percent of YRC Worldwide Teamsters, but the rejection of one supplement holds up ratification.
25 Apr 2019
Leandro Carelli Barreto, a director for consulting firm Solve Shipping, tells JOC.com recent concessions granted to truck drivers don’t address underlying overcapacity.
04 Apr 2019
Virginia port truck drivers sent a letter last week asking operators to pay higher rates when Norfolk-area terminals are congested, but trucking companies say they already do.
22 Mar 2019
Terms of the tentative pact between the Teamsters union and the largest unionized LTL operator aren’t final yet, but the extension of the current contract until May 31 should reassure skittish shippers.
14 Mar 2019
A 20-point second-half drop in driver turnover rates at large truckload carriers indicates aggressive wage increases attracted drivers in 2018, helping to reset capacity in the trucking market.
11 Mar 2019
Warehousing and storage companies increased employment a healthy 7 percent in February, outpacing overall US employment growth of 1.6 percent.
01 Mar 2019
The DOT OIG's audit of FMCSA medical certification procedures and examiners is one example of how federal regulators are cracking down on truck and bus drivers in an effort to keep unqualified drivers off the road and reduce accidents and fatalities.
28 Feb 2019
Brazil’s new administration is treading carefully but firmly in handling truck and port labor disputes that have bubbled since Jair Bolsonaro took office as president in January.
26 Feb 2019
VIDEO: With an electronic logging device (ELD) rule set to take effect this year, the Canadian container shipping industry is working to mitigate anticipated trucking pressures as the mandate will tighten capacity. JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi spoke with Groupe Robert Vice President Martin Roy, and OEC Group President and CEO Marc Bibeau on how beneficial cargo owners can work with their transportation providers to mitigate. Those tactics are one of the various subjects that will be addressed at JOC’s Canada Trade Conference on June 3-5 in Toronto. https://events.joc.com/canada-trade-2019
20 Feb 2019
Flatbed and specialized trucking carrier Daseke is testing a new driver pay program that includes a base salary, plus mileage, and safety bonuses in an effort to attract and retain top talent.
A truck travels in the United States.
21 Jan 2019
The 2019 regulatory schedule isn’t clear, but what is clear is that there will be many more hours of debate over truck driver hours of service.
A truck travels on a US road.
15 Jan 2019
Even owner-operators work under ‘contracts of employment,’ the US Supreme Court said, which means claims of misclassification, ‘stolen wages,’ can’t be forced into arbitration.
YRC Worldwide.
11 Jan 2019
For the first time in a decade, LTL operator YRC Worldwide enters contract talks without an existential threat to its survival looming.
A truck travels in Canada.
10 Jan 2019
Trucking companies want Ontario to allow overseas recruitment of truck drivers; the union says raise wages.
A warehouse / distribution center in the United States with workers.
04 Jan 2019
Even with a US recovery in its 10th year, the transportation and warehouse sectors continue to register strong monthly job growth.
A truck travels in the United States.
04 Jan 2019
With competition for truck drivers strong, firms are deploying new tactics to recruit talent.
A truck travels on a US road.
02 Jan 2019
The battle for truck drivers will determine who gets truck capacity in 2019 and at what price.
A truck travels on a US highway.
07 Dec 2018
The FMCSA published 10 decisions rejecting petitions for ELD exemptions Friday, a sign the agency has drawn a sharp line when it comes to pleas for relief from the year-old rule. Instead, expect more focus on the hours of service rules themselves.
UPS Freight.
12 Nov 2018
UPS Freight resumed pickups and began accepting freight shortly after Teamsters employees approved a second and 'last, best, final' contract proposal Sunday.
UPS.
09 Nov 2018
Shippers search for alternate carriers as rank-and-file union members vote on ‘last, best’ offer from LTL carriers.
01 Nov 2018
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers must scramble to find alternatives and anticipate higher pricing, as UPS Freight stops taking freight ahead of a Teamster vote on its ‘last, best, final’ contract offer. Freight is unlikely to be stranded, but it will probably move at a premium, as LTL carriers prioritize freight from existing customers.
A UPS truck in New York City, New York, United States.
09 Oct 2018
For shippers, the results of the latest vote on a Teamsters union contract at UPS were nothing if not confusing. But don’t panic. There’s little chance the wheels will stop turning at UPS or UPS Freight.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
03 Oct 2018
The port authority, after discussions with rule-implementer the New Jersey Department of Labor, is disseminating detailed information to truckers on the new rules, which the authority believes will have little impact on the drayage fleet and won’t affect many truckers.
Port of Los Angeles
02 Oct 2018
Tuesday’s job actions prompted an exchange of charges among the parties. The current round of picketing that began on Monday is expected to continue at least through Wednesday.
Port of Los Angeles.
01 Oct 2018
The job actions were organized by Justice for Port Drivers, which is affiliated with the Teamsters union. A Teamsters spokesperson said picketing is scheduled to continue at least through Wednesday over 200 miles stretching from the Southern California desert to the Mexico border.
Port of Long Beach.
28 Sep 2018
Justice for Port Drivers, a Teamsters-sponsored group that has promoted picketing and other job actions over the past five years, will participate in job actions at the ports, two motor carrier facilities, warehouses, and rail yards beginning Monday morning.
Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Sep 2018
Set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, the bill will discourage retailers and other shippers from contracting with the companies that misclassify drivers by making the beneficial cargo owners jointly liable for any fines assessed on those operators.