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ATA’s Spear sees vaccine mandate as ‘weaponizing public health’ ATAs Spear sees vaccine mandate as ‘weaponizing public health

ATA’s Spear sees vaccine mandate as ‘weaponizing public health’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Spear’s address to the annual meeting of the American Trucking Associations was a walk through a whole range of issues affecting the industry, but a pressing one got called out early in his remarks: the looming federal vaccination mandate. Speaking in Nashville, Tennessee, at the first in-person occurrence of the ATA …

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Marten Transport sends fleetwide message about operating ‘systems issues’ Marten Transport sends fleetwide message about operating ‘systems issues

Marten Transport sends fleetwide message about operating ‘systems issues’

Truck drivers for Wisconsin-based truckload carrier Marten Transport say they received two fleetwide messages Tuesday afternoon from the company’s top executive thanking them for their patience as the company continues to work “through some systems issues” it started “experiencing Sunday.” However, some drivers say there was little communication from the company about the systems issues …

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FMCSA issues new driver-ban rules for drug and alcohol abusers FMCSA issues new driver ban rules for drug and alcohol abusers

FMCSA issues new driver-ban rules for drug and alcohol abusers

States have until November 2024 to comply with a new requirement that they ban drivers with drug and alcohol violations from operating a truck before the drivers complete the return-to-duty process. The rule is scheduled to be posted in the Federal Register on Thursday. It resulted from a 2020 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal …

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Pulling out the positive in the latest employment report Pulling out the positive in the latest employment report

Pulling out the positive in the latest employment report

In a month of employment growth for the economy as a whole that was considered disappointing, there were signs in the truck transportation numbers that could be viewed as positive. And for yet another month, there was strong growth in the warehouse and courier sectors. Total truck transportation jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis rose …

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XPO settles 2 California worker classification cases for nearly $30M XPO settles 2 California worker classification cases for nearly 30M

XPO settles 2 California worker classification cases for nearly $30M

XPO has settled a pair of worker classification cases in California that will pay out close to $30 million to a group of almost 800 drivers. The settlement documents were filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California last week. The final settlement, approved by the court, covers two cases that …

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Truckers warn federal regulators of drug-testing bottlenecks Truckers warn federal regulators of drug testing bottlenecks

Truckers warn federal regulators of drug-testing bottlenecks

A shortage of available drug and alcohol testing clinics, personnel and equipment threaten to unfairly ban truck drivers from the road, according to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. In a letter sent to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Wednesday, OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer said that disruptions affecting FMCSA’s testing system are …

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Death on the road: Families often struggle to get truckers home Death on the road Families often struggle to get truckers

Death on the road: Families often struggle to get truckers home

Recruiters for trucking companies nationwide are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to sign-on bonuses, pay incentives and social media campaigns to attract drivers to the industry. However, the founder of a trucker charity says the industry’s priorities are often misaligned when it comes to taking care of one of their own …

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Supply chain hurdles not high enough to thwart J.B. Hunt’s Q3 beat Supply chain hurdles not high enough to thwart JB Hunts

Supply chain hurdles not high enough to thwart J.B. Hunt’s Q3 beat

Labor was the main talking point of J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ third-quarter earnings call with analysts Friday. Management from the Lowell, Arkansas-based transportation company said many of the nation’s supply chain obstacles are rooted in a shortage of workers.   “The thing that has been the most difficult for us to get eyes on is customer …

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Teamsters update: Yes on new California law, a few new units, 1 decertification looming Teamsters update Yes on new California law a few new

Teamsters update: Yes on new California law, a few new units, 1 decertification looming

It has been a mixed few months for the Teamsters, but the scale does appear to be weighing more in the direction of positivity from its perspective.   As the union heads toward an election to replace James Hoffa as its president, and with more attention than ever put on the supply chain that the Teamsters …

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Supply chain gridlock dominates Sunday talk shows Supply chain gridlock dominates Sunday talk shows

Supply chain gridlock dominates Sunday talk shows

The Biden administration is touting a 90-day industry push to help relieve freight gridlock at Southern California ports. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg acknowledged on Sunday, however, that consumers waiting for Christmas orders won’t see immediate results because improving the efficiency of maritime supply chains is a long-term process involving multiple stakeholders. Federal officials began …

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