A truckers union can be a real benefit to both the employees and the staff. But they can also be a burden. That of course is true for everything in life. You can say it about;
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There are so many choices we need to make. And as you can imagine, the list goes on with every choice we make in life there are pros and cons. A truckers union is no different. You really need to look at what the truckers union offers you as an employee and what you want out of your career. Perfect example for a union will be Teamsters.
Not every business owner welcomes the idea of a trucker’s union coming into their shop. There are guidelines to follow and special requirements to be met. At the same time it does give the employer certain advantages. At the expectations of the position are laid out in the trucker’s union contract.
For Americans all across the country truckers unions have done a lot of good for the employee and for the overall trucking industry. However, they are far from being the perfect answer to addressing each and every concern. There have been some real issues between the truckers union and the company, and even with members.
But throughout the development of a unionized work force there have been numerous gains in the betterment of the over all working conditions and standards. The labor movement in this country is filled with many stories both good and bad. The truckers union is no different; in fact it’s a big part of the overall history, involving unions, in general.
It is impossible to cover every single aspect of a truckers unions. Nor is it possible addressing everything they have done (good or bad) for the industry. However, I’m going to list a few examples of both, a few good points (the pros) and some bad points (the cons), about being in a trucker union.
Now as usual, I must stress that you need to read up on them and get truly involved to wreak any real benefit, either way. So without further delay here is an equal sharing of the pros and cons of a truckers union.
This is of the most important factors in many candidates’ employment decisions. Actually this is major issue for most Americans. A good truckers union will ensure that the employer provides insurance. The quality of the insurance offered depends on what’s available in your area, your employer’s actual ability to cover their end, and the strength of your local truckers union.
The truckers union should offer several things:
As we all know insurance covers you and dependents. Medical bills are a huge burden on the average family. The cost of health care keeps going up. So it is no wonder that jobseekers want, perhaps need, the health benefit.
A good truckers union will ensure that the company has preset standards on which they judge an employee by. That includes working schedules, dress code, work performance standards and expectations, and host of other company related things.
The truckers union would also make sure that an employee couldn’t be terminated unless it’s with good cause. They will also act on the behalf of the fired employee, ensuring the company followed its own policy. Often they can get the termination revered to include all back pay!
Union members have the right to address issues or other grievances. So if you have issues with your truck tires or lights, spring brakes or flatbed trailer or any other item, speak up! They are here to help you out on the long run whenever you have any kind of issues! It can be a problem with your fuel transfer tank, legal issues or freight charges and accounting advises or even an advice on where to find a cheap truck body parts! Just name it! They have the answer for pretty much everything. If the company fails to keep up its end of the union agreement, or the employee feels there are other issues they can address management about these concerns.
It doesn’t really matter if you are working for a small trucking company or you work for the best trucking company out there, if there is a trucker union in it then they are there to help you out!
Of course each company has set agreements with the truckers union on how concerns are to be addressed. Some will allow for direct contact with management, other insists you go through your chain of command, whiles must be handled by the union.
Seniority is one of the best points about a truckers union. The senior staff members get the better pick of job positions or duties. They also get the best schedules, trip locations. Junior members must earn their status. As new employees are hired on, the junior member moves up.
The truckers union also will use seniority to determine who gets laid-off during downsizing. It also is a key factor in determining promotions and the idea behind it to help eliminate favoritism.
This is another key point about a truckers union. They ensure that the employees are getting paid well for what they do and trucker salary increases with added work. They have conducted numerous studies and shown that union member make an average of $200 hundred more a week than a non-union employee, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
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