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| November 03, 2005

“This storm has motivated a lot of people,” Stewart said. “They’ve got all this freight coming their way.”

The union seeks intermodal truckers serving the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and local rail yards, said Mike Scott, Local 769 president.

“We are taking applications from drivers who have canceled their independent contractor leases or who are not currently leased to motor carriers,” Scott said. “Hundreds of drivers are telling us they want to work as employee owner-operators with all the rights under U.S. labor law to which other employees are entitled.”

Members’ seniority is based on the day and time they register with the hiring hall.

The union expects to open a second hall in Charleston, S.C., by mid-October, followed by Savannah, Ga.

By then, the union expects to announce a list of carriers who have committed to hiring Teamsters. Union representatives are negotiating with carriers in Miami and Charleston, Stewart said.

“Every one of the companies who said three months ago they would sell the company if its drivers went union are now sitting down and talking with us,” Stewart said. “A lot went from walking in a complete enemy to asking their attorney to talk to our attorney.”

Establishing a hiring hall in Miami was recommended this past spring in a report commissioned by Miami City Commissioner Tomas Regalado, after an owner-operator protest in summer 2004 brought the Port of Miami to a standstill.
-Jill Dunn


FYI
Diesel price passes $3
In the week of Oct. 3, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel reached a new record of $3.144. That’s $1.09 more than in the same week of 2004. Diesel prices increased to more than $3 a gallon in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The highest average diesel price was in the Lower Atlantic region at $3.283, the lowest in New England at $3.012. Department of Energy economist Jacob Bournazian said diesel prices will continue to set records through the rest of 2005 and may fall back somewhat during the January/March time period.

Border Emissions
The top environmental agencies of the United States and Canada will work together on reducing emissions and fuel consumption by carriers and shippers involved in cross-border trade. The collaboration brings together EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership and NCan’s FleetSmart program. The two governments believe the joint initiative could annually save 440 million gallons of fuel and prevent 5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Bridge Reopens
All four lanes on the I-10 bridge in Pascagoula, Miss., have reopened, just weeks after a barge battered the eastbound span during Hurricane Katrina. The bridge reopened sooner than expected thanks to a $100,000 per day incentive for early completion.

Highway Watch Gets Grants
Hal Rogers, a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and the American Trucking Associations will make an additional $4.8 million available for the Highway Watch program in March 2006. Highway Watch trains highway professionals to identify and report safety and security concerns on the nation’s roads.

New Love’s
The Love’s Travel Stop in Mifflinville, Pa is now open. It is located at I-80 and State Road 0339 in Mifflinville. This is the eighth of 13 Travel Stops scheduled to open in 2005.

Coronado Official Show Transporter
Freightliner has entered into a two-year sponsorship with “Legendary Motorcars’ Dream Car Garage” television series on the Speed channel. Freightliner’s heavy-duty Coronado will be the official transporter truck of Dream Car Garage and Legendary Motorcar for the 2006 and 2007 broadcast seasons.

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