Business

Insurgent candidate Fred Zuckerman argues for effective organizing in bid for Teamsters presidency

Ballots in the Teamsters' leadership election were mailed out October 6. Central to Zuckerman's candidacy is Teamsters expansion and something of a retrenchment in freight -- bolstering "organizing in our core industry, in the freight industry."

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Complexity on the spot market with Q3 end, hurricane, Hanjin, holidays

By and large, sands shifted last week on the spot market, and though demand and volume indicators for dry van and reefer segments have shown marked improvement (and particularly on a year-over-year basis), rates haven't caught up, yet.

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Trucking dropped 3,600 jobs in September, Labor Dept. says

The transportation and warehousing sector as a whole lost 9,000 jobs in September. Manufacturing lost 13,000 jobs, while the construction industry added 23,000 jobs. The retail trade sector added 22,000 jobs.

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Progressive Insurance releases tool aimed to help bring more drivers into trucking

Progressive's New Trucker's Playbook walks potential truckers through the process of becoming a truck driver from getting a CDL to obtaining MC and USDOT numbers to getting the right insurance.

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Comment period opens for proposed CSA changes, FMCSA hosting Q&A sessions

the main changes available for preview include lowering intervention thresholds for some SMS categories, raising the threshold in one BASIC and making the Hazmat BASIC public. The agency also has proposed upping the minimum number of crashes needed before registering a Crash Indicator BASIC ranking.

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R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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Van, flatbed rates flat in September, reefer rates tumble

Per-mile rates on the spot market remain well below levels seen in 2014 and 2015, as diesel prices fell off and freight slowed.

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Where the drivers are — Job application density by state, 2008-2015

These interactive driver population heat maps show the total CDL-holding driver applicants per capita, by resident state of the applicant, incoming to BestDriverJobs.com and network sites. Change in the maps between 2008-15 illustrate economic ups and downs affecting trucking over those years.

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DOT wants zero traffic deaths within next 30 years, announces ‘Road to Zero’ coalition

Road to Zero partners hope to accelerate the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the DOT says, along with addressing infrastructure challenges of both today and the coming decades.

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Partners in Business tip: The benefits of trailer ownership

While leased operators don’t have the pressing need to provide a trailer that most independents do, they often find trailer ownership has significant earning potential.

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