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“Max out at four weeks total ”
“High deductible hsa plan actually does save you money ”
“Open on holidays as it’s a retail job ”
Salary continuance for disability as a full time employee
Very nice place was able to meet some very cool people.
good pay for high school kid
Offered to all employees but constantly are reducing benefits offered.
No benefits for part time workers; the union dues were very expensive especially if you did not work many hours
There were no benefits provided; union dues were expensive for nothing
there was none and there is a 20 word minimum so i have to type more words here
The benefits cover almost everything: dental, eyecare, prescriptions, accidents, etc. All payments are given to you in cash and if it is more than needed, you can keep the extra money.
ok As a driver you will start as FTN (Full Time Non-Guaranteed). This means that you will be eligible for benefits the 1st of the month following your 60th day. So if you start on May 1st you will have benefits on July 1st. May has 31 days and June has 30 days, your 60th day is June 29th. If you start on May 6th then you get benefits on August 1st as your 60th day would be July 4th. At the time of this post the starting pay rate is $22.05. Drivers are paid on a system known as PFP or Pay for Performance, it is a system of employee payment that links compensation to measures of work goals. The rate of $22.05 is used the determine pay. As a new driver you would not have a bid run (a guaranteed start time or run) you would be on call. But as of now they are so short on drivers independents are being called in every day to cover work so do not sweat it there is plenty of work to go around. Bidding happens twice a year, April and October, for all drivers. When you make a bid selection in April or October that bid is yours and will last for the duration of the current bid period, so if you win it you cannot be bumped off by a senior driver. As drivers retire, quit or get terminated during the course of each 6 month bid the vacated bids are posted and drivers can then bid these spots. Periodical re bids such as these last for the duration of the current bid period, so if you win it you cannot be bumped off by a senior driver. All bids, whether semi annual or periodical are awarded by seniority. Every job function has a time value assigned to it. For instance the "Beginning of the Day" function or BOD is about 30 minuets. In the BOD you get your tractor, fill out paperwork, pre-trip, then hook and pre-trip your trailer ETC. If you complete your BOD in 20 minuets you still get paid for 30. If you go over the 30 and it is because of something beyond your control such as going to the shop for a flat tire, you get "mechanical delay" time. For example if you complete your BOD in 30 minuets and then spend 20 minutes at the shop you write the delay on your run sheet and you will be paid for the full 50 minuets. Likewise if you complete your BOD in 20 minuets and then spend 20 minutes at the shop, write the delay on your run sheet and you will still be paid for the full 50 minuets as the 30 minuet BOD is guaranteed. Every run has a total time value calculated on it. If a run is calculated as 10 hours, you can bank on it paying $220.50. As you progress on the run, extra job functions can and do come up, picking up truck mail, moving from one dock to another, delay time beyond your control ECT. All extra job functions a driver may encounter throughout the day add time to "paid time" but not necessarily to "log time". If your allotted time to deliver a store is 45 minuets and wile at the store you move to a second dock (add 7 minuets) and then you pick up truck mail (add 2 minuets) your compensable 54 minuets. If you complete the delivery to this store in 30 minuets you still get paid 54 minuets. By contract you are guaranteed a minimum pay of 10 hours pay for every day you work. If you have a short run and it only pays $180 you will still be paid $220.50. Mileage is paid based on the speed you are traveling and ALL miles are paid. In the city doing 30 mph its about 79 cents per mile, on the thruway doing 65 mph its about 37 cents a mile, but all in all no mater what your speed, it averages to about $28 an hour when driving. Tractors are governed at 67 mph. The work week is 4 days on and 3 off. Some bids are just that 4 on and 3 off, some are split shifts with 1 on, 1 off, 3 on, and 2 off. All and all the life balance is amazing. I've been driving a little over 20 years now (just 2 years with Tops ) but I have never experienced a life balance like I have here. Overtime is available on a sign up basis and passed out according to seniority. Overtime is NOT forced (except on holidays if enough people do not sign up) and in very rare instances where the company has the option to force a 5th day if there is an extremely busy time at the stores and they need to cover deliveries / runs. The 5th day is overtime but this hasn't happened since the summer of 2016. On the following holidays deliveries are still made, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July) and Labor Day. The company will post how many drivers they will need and you can sign up to work that holiday, or not if you want off. For each holiday the entire terminal is re-bid for that 1 day. A union steward will call the drivers who signed up, in order of seniority and each driver will pick a start time. If the company needs 65 drivers on a holiday and 50 drivers sign up then the bottom 15 who did not sign would be forced, but junior drivers who did sign would get a pick before any who did not sign up. On New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day transportation is closed, you will be home to be with your loved ones. The Friday after Thanksgiving Day is a regular work day. On the subject of holidays , Tops paid holidays are as follows New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the employees birthday. The employees birthday is considered a personal day (or a roving holiday) and dose not have to be used on the employees birthday, but can be used anytime. On average I work about 40 hours a week. I gross between $1100 and $1200, sometimes more. $40 hours times $22.05 is $882 but on PFP you make more money. You do the math. And as an added bonus when your done with a run you go home, so if you complete a 10 hour run in 8 hours your done, go home and enjoy. The management in the transportation department is very competent. They realize that drivers are an integral part of this business and as such they are helpful and friendly. Yes I said friendly. From the dispatchers to the office personnel to the supervisors and managers. The equipment is fairly new. The tractors are Freightliner Cascadia automatic's with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine's from Cummins Westport and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fuel cylinder assemblies from Quantum. With one back-of-cab and two side-mount tanks which hold 120 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG. The range of a "full tank" of gas is about 400 miles. Drivers are issued a fuel card from American Natural Gas. ANG cards can be used at ANG fueling stations. If your going to an area that has no ANG station, like Sayer Pennsylvania, you will have to sign out a WEX card to use at a Dandy fueling station. Trailers are Great Dane (most, not all) and again are fairly new. Tops uses both reefer and dry trailers and 99% of loads are pulled on 48' and 53' trailers, they have 2 or 3 pups and no straight trucks. Tops drivers do not pull doubles. 1. You get a weeks vacation after 1 year. 2 after 2 years and more as you build seniority. 2. You get 2 personal days after 1 year and 1 more every year for 7 years. 3. 401K with company match 4. on site gym 5. excellent medical through the company at about $42 a week, administered by Independent Health (very few co pays and at that co pays we have are very low, no referrals "Cadillac insurance" 6. prescription coverage through CVS/Caremark ($3 / $7 / $15 co pays) you are NOT required to use mail-order you can opt for mail order or use a local pharmacy 7. VSP vision coverage through the teamsters Health and Welfare plan (paid for by union dues) 8. Nova dental coverage through the teamsters Health and Welfare plan (paid for by union dues) 9. no touch freight (if you sweat you are working to hard) 10. home every day 11. bereavement time and pay 12. paid jury duty 13. life insurance 14. supplemental life insurance you can buy 15. supplemental disability insurance you can buy 16. no detention time (you never give the company any time, you get paid for every minuet you work) 17. no out of pocket expenses (if you blow a fuse you can buy one and turn in the receipt, or call roadside service and sit for a few hours waiting for a fuse, and your paid for every minuet) 18. court appearances that require time off are excused absences (with a note from the court) 19. your not required to report if there is a weather related driving ban (but you must call in)
Health Insurance, Vacation Time, and Scholarships are a huge perk.
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