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ER doctors, speech therapists, truck drivers, taxi drivers, rideshare drivers, beauty consultants, music teachers and more came to the State Capitol this week to ask our elected representatives to help us! In a media conference and rally which happened on the measures of the California State Capitol Wednesday, almost 200 individuals called on state legislators to take actions to prevent or pause the Dynamex conclusion prior to the Aug. 31 statute. The Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County ruled that Dynamex had wrongly categorized its drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees. The conclusion adopted what is generally known as the ABC test for ascertaining whether employees should be categorized as employees or independent contractors. As stated by the court decision, the recently adopted ABC examination presumes that workers are workers unless the hiring entity fulfills the following three prerequisites for categorizing employees as independent contractors:”

(A) the employee is free from the control and management of the hirer in relation to the operation of the job, both under the contract to the operation of the work and actually;

(B) the employee performs work that’s outside the typical course of their hiring entity’s company; and

(C) the employee is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation or business of the exact same nature as the work done for the hiring thing.”

Due to this judgment, such as the I am Independent Coalition, assert the ABC evaluation is a”one-size matches all evaluation” which will compromise a vast selection of complicated and rapidly changing businesses.”There are almost two million Californians who operate as independent contractors in several businesses which vary from health care, engineering, construction, transport, beauty, finance, insurance, entertainments and a lot more,” based on an I am Independent Coalition press release.

EkoStinger has signed a deal with South Carolina-based Vanguard Trailer, Company to provide trailer aerodynamic devices to their own trailers. “We sell thousands of inventory trailers each year and our customers need aerodynamic devices in their trailers which work and are durable, EkoStinger’s product fits that criteria,” explained Jay Malave, President of Vanguard Trailer, SouthEast.

Malave went on to state ;”when you are promoting as many trailers because we sell, you need a product that works for nearly all your customers, this is actually the item that makes the best sense” Sources at EkoStinger report that having a product partner such as Vanguard Trailer not only gives their products a literal platform in which they may be sold, the company also aligns with EkoStinger’s journey towards a high level of consumer satisfaction. “This is a fantastic partnership and we’re thankful to have been selected as a favorite vendor,” said Steve Smith, Executive Vice President of EkoStinger. Smith went on to say,”We are focused on manufacturing quality, competitively priced aero goods while delivering the highest degree of customer service.”

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia trucks for problems with the instrument panel, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall documents.

Cascadia trucks model year 2017-19 are affected by the recall. According to NHTSA, the ignition control unit may not perform the required bulb checks for the anti-lock brake system or electronic stability control if the ignition is turned on and off and back to on position too quickly. This goes against Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, “Air Brake Systems,” and 136, “Electronic Stability Control Systems on Heavy Vehicles.”

Daimler Trucks North America says it plans to notify owners of affected vehicles. Dealers will reprogram the ignition control unit to ensure a bulb check is performed each time the ignition is turned on. The recall is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Please call Daimler Trucks North America’s customer service at 800-547-0712 with recall number FL-780. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-491.

Volvo Trucks North America recently welcomed home the very first Volvo truck model to roll off the assembly line at its New River Valley assembly facility in Dublin, Virginia. Donated by the Wilson family, founders of the former Wilson Trucking Corporation, the 1982 Volvo F7 model will reside at the Volvo Trucks Customer Center, adjacent to the plant. Volvo and Wilson Trucking enjoyed a long-standing relationship beginning in the 1970s when Wilson Trucking purchased the first Volvo F86 model sold in the U.S. In 2011, Wilson Trucking took delivery of the 500,000th U.S.-built Volvo truck model.

Left to Right: Ginny and Chuck Wilson and Guy and Rebecca Wilson with the 1982 Volvo F7.
A dash-mounted plaque, installed during production, commemorates the production of the first U.S.-built Volvo truck.

The bill will call for the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement to publish a list of port drayage carriers, or their successor companies, together with outstanding conclusions for wage offenses and other labor law violations. The accountability of customers will likely be determined through civil court or through the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. The passage by the appropriations committee, which has a state on almost any legislation with financial or budgetary impact, sets the stage for a vote by the complete meeting, which could occur early next week.

Customers won’t be held responsible if they finish their contract having a drayage carrier with 90 days of their being recorded by the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.
A California bill that would transport freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners responsible for wage disputes between jack drayage carriers along with their drivers took a step closer to becoming law. The California Assembly’s appropriations committee passed Senate Bill 1402. The bill, also introduced February, could require that customers additionally be responsible when port drayage carriers don’t produce well on conclusions over settlement and wage disputes together with drivers.

The bill sponsors say by holding drayage clients accountable for unpaid claims and wages they are able to use their”market power to bring about needed change in the industry.”
The bill comes from investigations into Southern-California drayage industry, which is basically made up of independent builders that rent trucks from owners. Based on the bill’s legislative analysis, some 1,150 drivers have filed claims with the state’s Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. The Department of Labor Standards Enforcement has awarded $45 million to 450 drivers. But many drivers have not been able to secure these assets as the company organizations have sometimes shut up company, only to reopen under a different name. The California Senate passed May.

Walmart is facing a 50K fine for allowing trucks to park at one of its own Illinois stores. The penalty came from the city of Springfield, which asserts the store is not after the parking plan accepted by the city as it was constructed.

The fine has been issued last week following Walmart failed to act on its proposed plans, like re-striping its parking lot to allow truck spots or placing barriers to prohibit trucks, according to the State Journal-Register post. The report states that the town of Springfield is much more enthusiastic about dealing with Walmart to find mend any issues compared to collecting the whole fine. “We’re still weighing all of our options and continued to use the city to achieve options, before then, We’re working within the regulations,” stated Walmart National Media Relations Senior Manager Casey Staheli

While it is not unusual for Walmart shops to permit overnight truck parking, then it’s prohibited at many of the stores throughout the country. Policies may vary because Walmart allows truck parking rules to be put on a store-by-store basis. The approved program does not include truck parking, based on a post by The State Journal-Register. The local paper reported that town officials began asking the store to handle safety concerns brought on by the trucks, such as blocked visibility, last April.

After countless hours of road testing and precision tuning, Rand
McNally today unveiled ClearDryve™: a breakthrough premium stereo headphone and noise-canceling
mono headset in one. The wireless, 2-in-1 ClearDryve™ 200 headphones are
available now exclusively at Love’s Travel Stops and on store.randmcnally.com.
Developed by Rand McNally engineers and designers, in concert with audio experts on multiple
continents, ClearDryve™ 200 provides professional drivers with two high-end products for a
price generally associated with lower-quality headsets. First, ClearDryve™ 200 offers superior
wireless stereo headphones with impeccably rich and clear sound. By removing an ear cup and
positioning the high-quality boom microphone, ClearDryve™ 200 becomes an exceptional
headset with more than 90% of ambient noise eliminated.

“We have created something truly special for professional drivers,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO
of Rand McNally. “Our convertible, 2-in-1 headphones provide drivers with a hard-working
headset for making and receiving calls while on the road and an ultra-high-fidelity pair of
headphones for relaxing after the day’s drive.”

ClearDryve™ 200 is not just flexible; it was specifically designed for professional drivers.

The headphones feature plush ear cups made of memory foam and covered in a soft, oil-resistant
material to stay comfortable all day. Active noise cancellation blocks the most disruptive noises
in a truck’s cab – like wind and the roar of the engine – eliminating the need to “crank up the
volume” and preserving hearing. Additionally, the Bluetooth®
the connection allows drivers to wirelessly connect the headphones with
their smartphones up to 50 feet away, enabling them to stay connected and mobile while
performing inspections and fueling up.

Key features include:

 2-in-1: A removable 2nd earpiece turns the premium stereo headphones into a mono
headset. The boom microphone swings out of the way when not in use and can be
muted. The headset is designed to switch the mono sound from ear-to-ear as the
adjustable ear cups can be used on either ear.

 Clear sound: Multiple microphones cancel in-cab noise, enabling clear two-way
communication. The device’s signal processing removes more than 90% of in-cab noise from
the microphone for crisp, clear calls. And with the slide of a button, ClearDryve™
200’s active noise cancellation kicks in to tune out ambient noise while listening to
music.

 Wireless: ClearDryve™ 200 is cable-free with a built-in rechargeable battery offering
more than 20 hours of talk time, over 500 hours of standby time and more than 20 hours
of music playback time. Controls on the headphones enable drivers to take calls, skip
songs, and change the volume without having to touch their smartphones.

 Superior comfort and finishes: The headphones feature premium stitching, oil-resistant
materials on memory foam, and eye-catching matte and polished metals. The
over-the-ear cups provide comfort and an acoustic seal.

After news of Kodiak’s financing, Uber announced plans to double its investment in Uber Freight and rehire former executive Lior Ron, another Otto co-founder, to conduct the load-matching business. Uber announced on July 31 that its Advanced Technologies Group would end development on the company’s self-driving truck app. Burnette, Kodiak’s CEO, co-founded the self-driving technology company, Otto, that was acquired by Uber in 2016. He left Uber in March and founded Kodiak with Eshel, who worked as a vice president in Battery Ventures and directed the company’s autonomous vehicle investment project.

The business is hoping to help usher in a new age of long-haul trucking, which is experiencing both record cargo and also a driver shortage. “We believe self-driving trucks will probably be the first autonomous vehicles to encourage a viable business model, and we’re proud to have the support of such high profile investors to help us execute on our strategy.”

Even though Uber Technologies recently abandoned its self-driving truck program, a company started by individuals with ties to Otto, the self-driving technology firm acquired by Uber, and Google’s self-driving automobile team has obtained financial backing to keep the evolution of systems that will allow trucks to be retrofitted to push. Kodiak Robotics, founded in April from Don Burnette and Paz Eshel, said it has raised $40 million from a group of venture capital investment companies, such as Battery Ventures, CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tusk Ventures.
The deadline for the development of this self-driving truck technology, which employs a mix of detectors, radar, computers, and cameras to control the car, wasn’t made apparent.

Kodiak, based in Mountain View, Calif., will use the money from shareholders to expand its own employees and also for product development, the company said in an announcement. Some 20 job openings were listed on Kodiak’s web site.

 

 

“The UPS Freight exemplary arrangement provides our associates with economic security and job security during the subsequent five years and beyond,” explained Kris Taylor, the Teamsters’ UPS Freight coordinator.

Local union leaders together with an International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represent UPS Inc. along with UPS freight workers approved on Aug. 9 two separate five-year federal contracts. This paves the way for its 250,000 employees, such as drivers, loaders, bundle sorters, dockworkers, and operations staff members and 11,000 cargo workers to vote on the connections in September.

Next month, members will get the voting information they will need to cast ballots. Members may vote by secret ballot through the web or phone. They will possess an individual access code along with instructions how to cast their ballot.

For current drivers, the new contract calls for a 4.15-per-hour raise over the lifespan of this arrangement, which eventually would attract a motorist’s base salary up to more than $83,000 annually. The union said fulltime UPS drivers now earn on average nearly $75,000 per year roughly $36 an hour. You can find salary increases for part-time workers, and workers will continue to receive their health insurance without paying premiums. The union said for UPS Freight employees, the tentative contract addresses numerous big problems, including subcontracting, wage increases, pension increases, seniority, bidding, penalty pay and much more compensated leave for casual workers. Denis Taylor, manager of the Teamsters bundle division and co-chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee:”Today’s election was a very powerful indication of the support nationally from local union leaders, and it directs the federal agreement, regional supplements and riders to the members for a ratification vote.”

UPS and the union said they agreed to create 5,000 full-time projects during the lifespan of this contract, including a minimum of 2,000 sleeper team tasks by taking off work from cargo railroad and on trucks. The sleeper driving projects are going to be one of the provider’s highest paid, achieving 96 cents per mile in 2022 for three-driver trucks. There also will be a brand new blend of motorist classification that addresses the changes caused by e-commerce. “UPS is pleased that Teamster leadership across the nation have accepted the small-package and cargo tentative national arrangements,” the parcel delivery company said in an announcement. “The next phase involves a ratification vote by the registration. We consider these contracts satisfy the requirements of our employees and the organization.
The arrangement creates a new class of”hybrid drivers” who work weekdays and weekends but whose pay could best out following five years at $34.79 that an hour or more than $72,000 per year. Adding these drivers addresses union concerns about overtime in the event UPS provides Sunday delivery into its Monday-to-Saturday schedule.  The carrier added Saturday service more than one year past.

“They reward employees for their participation in UPS’ success through wage gains, benefit improvements as well as the development of thousands of new full-time jobs. They also have provisions which give UPS greater flexibility to fulfill client needs for expanded weekend services, in addition, to address challenges from competitors.”

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that the Kin-Sider™ from Kinedyne® will be the new standard curtain installed on Utility’s Tautliner curtainsided trailers.

“We are pleased to partner with Kinedyne, a long-time supplier of Utility, to make the Kin-Sider our new standard trailer curtain. Our customers will find that its high-quality welded and lighter weight design makes the curtain easier to open and close,” said Steve Bennett, Vice President of Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. “The Kin-Sider features an easy-to-use buckle and hook assembly that utilizes a ‘pull-to-release’ action instead of a push-to-release buckle method. Users will find this system much easier to use, especially in winter conditions”

The curtain is made of a durable, flame-retardant PVC-laminated polyester substrate material.  The tensioning system on the Tautliner with Kin-Sider curtain provides a secure, weather-tight fit. Curtain interior contains sonically welded PVC-saturated polyester reinforcement straps. High-quality digital graphics can be applied as an option and full digital graphics come with an exclusive anti-graffiti coating, which is resistant to foreign agents such as spray paint. Standard curtains are white but are also available in a number of colors. For more information, contact your local Utility dealership.