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.

Commentary

Bradley S. Jacobs has forgotten about his encounter with XPO employees and union representatives from around the world at the company’s 2016 shareholder meeting in Connecticut.

News & Analysis

24 Jan 2018
Truckers seek “dual transactions,” or revenue moves in both directions and at LA-LB, technology will play a key role in achieving that goal, which will also reduce turn times — getting cargo to its destination quicker.
11 Jan 2018
An unexpected diversion of freight to rails in the wake of last year's hurricanes will cost the trucking company.
10 Jan 2018
In particular, the FMCSA will focus on accelerating tests of autonomous vehicle technologies, believing they have the potential to significantly reduce crashes.
14 Dec 2017
The Teamsters said it hopes the vote will lay the groundwork for other victories in the union’s uphill, decade-long effort to organize US port drayage.
11 Dec 2017
Even as demand for truck-transported cargo rises, truck companies are struggling to add drivers, due to competition from better-paying jobs in other sectors.
08 Dec 2017
The upcoming electronic logging device mandate could affect more than truck capacity available to shippers.
06 Dec 2017
Owner-operators and small carriers opposed to electronic logging are still hoping for a last-minute reprieve.
01 Dec 2017
Shippers must acquaint themselves with the requirements of the regulation and its likely impact on US trucking capacity and supply chains.
01 Dec 2017
Shippers need to prepare for the impact.
27 Nov 2017
The rising number of false log violations should be a red flag to shippers as the ELD mandate approaches.
31 Oct 2017
Latest Teamsters organizing effort focuses on changing owner-operator model and federal pollution rules governing ports.
23 Oct 2017
Concerns over the supply of truck drivers and the resulting increases in trucking rates will likely grow in the coming months.
19 Oct 2017
Truck driver wages and benefits grew for the fourth straight year in 2016.
19 Jul 2017
The campaign to organize workers nationwide across different transportation modes will give the Teamsters more leverage and ultimately cost shippers more, a US labor expert told JOC.com.
05 Jul 2017
Mexico is preparing its first hours of service rules specifically for truck drivers, while Canada readies an electronic logging regulation of its own.
20 Jun 2017
Teamsters expand picketing to additional motor carriers in LA-LB.
15 Jun 2017
“This system looks like sharecropping, just on wheels.”
29 May 2017
North American intermodal shippers using Canadian National Railway’s Canadian network are preparing for potential delays.
05 May 2017
Competition for potential truck drivers is heating up as the United States nears "full employment."
17 Apr 2017
XPO Logistics won victories over the Teamsters in elections at two facilities, but the union won a vote in New Jersey.
01 Mar 2017
In a speech packed with unique insights on the development of global shipping and logistics and harsh words for the Teamsters union, XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs kicked off the 17th Annual TPM Conference.
27 Feb 2017
“The Teamsters are out of control.”
03 Feb 2017
For-hire trucking's employment numbers slipped slightly in January, the first monthly decline in January since 2010.
15 Jan 2017
Although there is a last-ditch effort to stop the trucking electronic logging device mandate making its way through the US courts, it will more than likely take effect as scheduled. Here's what shippers and truckers need to know about the new regulation.
14 Jan 2017
Trucking is increasingly bumping against a hiring ceiling. Low unemployment and job openings in competing industries mean fewer candidates are available to fill trucking jobs.
08 Dec 2016
Truck driver pay is beginning to rise as truckload freight demand picks up.
05 Dec 2016
A drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse could potentially further reduce the pool of available labor in an industry already battling a shortage of drivers.
02 Dec 2016
A stronger-than-expected third quarter for the US economy bolstered trucking employment, but trucking hiring is still knocking against a ceiling.
21 Nov 2016
Hoffa won another five-year term as general president of the union this week, defeating rival Teamsters United leader Fred Zuckerman.
18 Nov 2016
With 51.5 percent of a still uncertified vote, James P. Hoffa looks likely to hold onto his job as general president of the Teamsters union.
17 Nov 2016
More than two dozen owner-operator truck drivers are suing six container terminals or their affiliates in Los Angeles-Long Beach, charging that the terminals blocked their entry to the facilities to ensure peace with the Teamsters.
15 Nov 2016
Suit on behalf of two drivers seeks federal class-action status.
04 Nov 2016
Trucking is doing better at hiring workers than previous employment data suggested, but still is bumping against a "hiring ceiling."
18 Oct 2016
US regulators are increasing funding for driver-training schools and institutions serving veterans while pushing a pilot program that would license under-21 ex-military drivers.
14 Oct 2016
The Teamsters' long-haul campaign to organize XPO Logistics, as well as FedEx Freight, unfolds terminal by terminal, court decision by court decision.