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The scrum over mandatory detention pay

Following the Obama administration's nod to the notion of mandatory detention pay in its draft highway bill, debate has intensified over whether the federal government ought to be involved in detention at all.

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Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 1

Everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time – except the driver. Some see a shift toward hourly pay as a solution; other solutions are explored in this part 1 of a two-part series on detention.

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‘Trucker appreciation life’

"There are a lot of people out here doing it right.... For the ones who are striving to do it like you should, thank you."

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Readers split on government, industry solutions to detention

Though all recognize the problem, grown ever more onerous with further restrictions on drivers' hours with the new rules. Here, find a round-up of views and some examples of detention success.

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POLL: Do you collect detention pay?

Preparing for an Overdrive feature on the subject of detention time and pay, this poll probes the extent to which detention is compensated industrywide.

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How would you fix the problem of excessive loading/unloading delays?

From changes in how drivers are paid to new government regulation of shippers and receivers, the choices are many -- and none particularly easy to implement. Which do you think would do the job best?

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Lumper fees: Sometimes a little push-back works

Readers respond to Wendy Parker's "To lump or not to lump..." story about the lumper fees common at grocery distributors -- if carriers aren't being compensated for fees by shipper or receiver, then U.S. law has been violated.

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To lump or not to lump, that is the question

George pays a $215 lumper fee, and Wendy gets a good story out of it. "They're now called 'freight handlers,' I'm told. You can call 'em The Queen of England, for all I care, it doesn't change the fact that they're extortionists."

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Priceline pricing model comes to LTL loading

OneMorePallet.com is the latest business entity to attempt to apply the Priceline pricing model to some aspect of the trucking business -- in this case it's partial loads for half-empty LTLs.

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Hurry up and wait or pay $500

A receiver's message comes in over the Qualcomm while Wendy and George have been waiting an hour in a line of trucks to get unloaded: "Late drivers will be fined $500." Oh the humanity!

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