Hiring Contractors for Highway work.

21 posts / 0 new
Last post
Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
Hiring Contractors for Highway work.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/13/plowed-under-by-need-for-drivers-m...

How can this be ? After years of being told about the workers and
"cadillac benefits" how come there isn't a flood of applicants ?

Maybe Bullseye will apply !

johnw
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 23 min ago
Joined: 03/11/2009 - 10:06am
Between the federal and state

Between the federal and state governments and the insurance companies they have turned driving a truck into a job that requires more testing, training and vetting than almost any other trade.......especially if a hazmatt endorsement is required .
These are the same people who will allow an eighty year old who is blind in both ears and deaf in one eye loose on the highway win a fifty foot long Winnebago.......without the merest hint of any training or testing.
But pay is not really the issue ...It is plain and simply most young people do not want to do the hard work of driving a truck.....

Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
I agree. But this is just a

I agree. But this is just a symptom of issues that are affecting the state employment sector in most departments.
These will have an affect on taxpayers.

Ugenetoo
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 08/05/2011 - 12:32pm
We have a large pool of

We have a large pool of seasoned ground work construction workers that draw unemployment all winter.
Just exactly the type you'd want plowing roads.
Put the winter maintenance jobs out to bid.
These guys won't need unemployment, the trucks will pay registration fees, the fuel will be taxed, and the union will lose members.
Win win win.

Northarrow
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 6 days ago
Joined: 09/06/2006 - 5:48am
We have a strong economy in

We have a strong economy in Southern Maine. The good ‘ol boys from the rural cleansing part of the State are welcomed down here anytime. We’d love to have ‘em. It would be a long commute, though.

Al Amoling
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 7 min ago
Joined: 07/07/2004 - 12:01am
Another profound retort from

Another profound retort from north sparrow.

Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
Ugenetoo

Ugenetoo
The DOT workers are no longer required to join union if they choose not be member.

Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
Al I don't suppose it could

Al I don't suppose it could be some of them have met the Northarrows of the south.

johnw
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 23 min ago
Joined: 03/11/2009 - 10:06am
Plenty of the guys who were

Plenty of the guys who were paving or driving truck on construction over the season made big bucks and are now collecting unemployment and working under the table plowing snow........it’s a pretty good gig.And ice fishing and snowmobiling between storms..

Ugenetoo
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 08/05/2011 - 12:32pm
We have a strong economy in

We have a strong economy in Southern Maine. The good ‘ol boys from the rural cleansing part of the State are welcomed down here anytime. We’d love to have ‘em. It would be a long commute, though.

I have to go to Northern Massachusetts (anything south of Augusta) about three times a month.
I'd sooner eat out of a garbage can than to have to live amongst the liberal flotsam that infest the 1st CD.

Matt
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 15 min ago
Joined: 01/21/2008 - 6:21pm
You mean the employed, tax

You mean the employed, tax paying liberal flotsam subsidizing the gummint cheese that the second district consumes when its not cooking shitty meth.

Ugenetoo
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 08/05/2011 - 12:32pm
Case in point. See above.

Case in point.
See above.

Matt
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 15 min ago
Joined: 01/21/2008 - 6:21pm
Right. I forgot only you are

Right. I forgot only you are allowed to cast the insults.

Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
Smegma II at this point , it

Smegma II at this point , it is only a choice of who is better at it ,not who is allowed.

Ugenetoo
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 08/05/2011 - 12:32pm
Poor Mattybubbles.

Poor Mattybubbles.
Somebody's being mean to him.....

Matt
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 15 min ago
Joined: 01/21/2008 - 6:21pm
Always sad to see old folks

Always sad to see old folks lose their faculties. Udouche poops his pants then points out how someone else’s fart is unbearable..

taxfoe
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 1 hour ago
Joined: 03/22/2000 - 1:01am
johnw figures: "Between the

johnw figures: "Between the federal and state governments and the insurance companies they have turned driving a truck into a job that requires more testing, training and vetting than almost any other trade.......especially if a hazmatt endorsement is required . . "

In reality, that part is about 10% truth and 90% façade . . typical of many government mandates. Employers will hire anyone they can shoehorn into plausible compliance. The real culprits are health issues . . very few employers conduct their own physicals . . and the inability to pass a drug screen . . every employer is required to not cheat on those and they must keep records they promise are not fabricated.

PA DOT is using their roadside message boards to solicit temporary plow drivers. PA has a big opioid problem, too.

Bruce Libby
Offline
Last seen: 46 min 37 sec ago
Joined: 01/17/2006 - 7:08pm
Smegma II, the choice is

Smegma II, the choice is becoming easier .

johnw
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 23 min ago
Joined: 03/11/2009 - 10:06am
Taxfoe I respectfully

Taxfoe I respectfully disagree with you, if you are hauling hazmat , like fuel oil and propane it’s fairly stringent .Blood pressure has to be less than 140/80 ,if you are diabetic and it is not thoroughly controlled. ,out. Zero drug tolerance,random drug and alcohol testing. Insurance companies won’t cover drivers with too many speeding tickets or other violations.
The folks I work for require a pre employee to physical even if they are holding a current medical card ,plus a physical abilities test AND a driving test....Drivers are now tracked by the CSA which is a record of all of their violations it follows them from job to job......Ther are log books and hours of operation .....I’ve been hiring and dealing with drivers for almost thirty years and I can tell you that things have changed drastically, if from the time you hire a driver to the time you get him behind the wheel is less than two weeks you are doing well.....That’s if you can find guys or girls that want to do the actual work......You should thumb through a training book for a hazmat endorsement .....Here’s a little tidbit , a driver of a vehicle hauling hazardous material can be fined or lose their license for talking on a cell phone if the vehicle is not off the highway and fully stopped, talking or texting on a mobile device even ata full stop at a sign on the road is a violation for cdl. Talking a cell while driving is a criminal offense for cdl drivers.

taxfoe
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 1 hour ago
Joined: 03/22/2000 - 1:01am
It's great that you work for

It's great that you work for a company you can be proud of. You're not alone as there are plenty of fine companies all over the country. I, too, work for a good company. But my perspective is likely very different from yours. I get to live and work with all of them, good and bad.

Did I ever tell you about that quiet, Saturday afternoon and the uneventful drive across MN? The U of MN Golden Gophers were having a great year and playing in a clutch game. I was reminded of that when I was passed by a fuel tank driver watching the TV on his dashboard.

johnw
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 23 min ago
Joined: 03/11/2009 - 10:06am
Taxfoe ,yup there are some

Taxfoe ,yup there are some idiots out there........

Log in to post comments