Archive for January, 2011

Timken’s results could boost truck driver jobs

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Timken’s 2010 financial results could be a driving factor in the creation of truck driver jobs.

The Timken Company today reported sales of $4.1 billion for 2010, an increase of 29 percent from the prior year. Light-vehicle demand provided an early boost in sales and remained strong throughout the year. In the second half, accelerated demand in the heavy-truck, off-highway, energy and industrial distribution sectors further increased top-line growth. Surcharges and pricing contributed to the sales increase as well.

In 2010, Timken earned $267.4 million from continuing operations net of non-controlling interest, or $2.73 per diluted share. In the prior year, the company’s continuing operations incurred a loss of $61.4 million net of non-controlling interest, or $0.64 per share.

“We are pleased with our performance in 2010.

Could proposal harm truck driver jobs?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

A new proposal could potentially harm U.S. truck driver jobs.

Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) sent a letter to Obama Administration officials, asking them to reconsider a recent proposal to allow long-haul Mexican trucks to ship cargo into the United States.

Truck driver jobs gear up to go out on the road

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Truck driver jobs are numerous and plentiful, and the top drivers are getting a chance to get out on the road.

The American Trucking Associations today announced the Captains of the 2011-2012 America’s Road Team. The premier group of million-mile, accident-free professional truck drivers will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the motoring public.

18 captains, with a collective 483 years behind the wheel and over 36.5 million accident- free miles, were selected from a group of 34 finalists who competed this week before a panel of judges from the trucking industry and related fields. The competition included a review of trucking industry expertise and a demonstration of their communication skills, combined with their community service and lifetime safety records.

“The America’s Road Team puts an impressive face behind the wheel,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

Truck driver jobs vulnerable to schemes, says report

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

A new report is exposing how truck driver jobs are vulnerable to schemes.

A groundbreaking study of the U.S. port trucking industry finds that the nation’s 110,000 port truck drivers, who move millions of cargo containers annually from port cities to store shelves across the country, are highly vulnerable to illegal employment classification schemes that subject them to poverty-level wages, frequent safety violations, and little autonomy from the employers who dictate their financial constraints. The report, conducted by labor market experts at the National Employment Law Project, Change to Win and Rutgers University, draws on in-depth interviews with drivers at the nation’s major ports and concludes that the typical port truck driver is misclassified as an independent contractor. The study also concludes that the toxic diesel-truck pollution in the air of the nation’s port regions is a direct result of the industry’s adoption of misclassification as a business model.

“Trucking companies across the U.S. are rigging the game by forcing port drivers, who ship everything from tennis shoes to televisions across thousands of miles, into taking poverty-level wages.