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.

Webcasts

US-Canada Trade: Analyzing the Outlook
May 2, 2019 2:00PM EDT
US-Mexico Trade: A New Era Takes Shape for Importers and Exporters
May 16, 2019 2:00PM EDT

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

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.
Trucks in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
13 Jul 2018
Shippers and business groups argue the current truckers’ freight rate table is too generous and would increase shipper costs and retail prices by double digits. The truckers’ union wants a fair rate table and said it will strike again if it is not obtained.
Port of Santos.
05 Jul 2018
The suspension decision was implemented after delegates from the National Sindifisco and a politician close to Brazilian President Michel Temer reached an agreement.
Brazil truckers on strike - May and June 2018.
02 Jul 2018
Although the truck strike has ended, Brazil’s transportation bottlenecks need a bigger government and private sector fix.
DP World Argentina Terminal.
29 Jun 2018
Shippers in Argentina, hit Friday by a one-day customs officers' strike in Buenos Aires, had breathed a momentary sigh of relief this week, after truck drivers accepted a 19 percent pay increase and did not strike.
Trucks in Argentina.
12 Jun 2018
By week’s end, truckers are expected to go on strike and blockade Argentina’s main arteries to secure a 27 percent pay increase, which union leaders claim is necessary to cover the nation's inflation rate.
A truck travels in China.
12 Jun 2018
The China head of a global logistics provider said that a number of local less-than-truckload drivers in Anhui and Jiangxi provinces called for a boycott of a trucking platform provider over mismanagement of their capacity.
A UPS truck.
11 Jun 2018
There are many issues on the bargaining table, and no single overriding issue this year, though the Sunday delivery issue comes close. Shippers, coping with tight US surface transportation, are hoping for a constructive outcome. "This isn’t something we need right now,” one shipper said.
Trucks near the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 May 2018
Shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may want to monitor the outcome of the debate over how a truck driver is defined — as an independent contractor or an employee — to determine whether a trucking group is correct that a change in the regulations could diminish the drayage service at the port.
JNPT.
10 May 2018
The truckers' strike is already affecting terminal productivity, according to gate move statistics.
Trucks on a US highway.
30 Apr 2018
Along with an increase in transport demand from the strengthening US and global economies, the truck transport capacity gap is being widened by a shortage of drivers. But can the sector raise wages enough to compete with the construction and oil/energy services sectors?