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Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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Court approves end of federal oversight of Teamsters, union to regain independence

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters last week announced that its recent deal with regulators to end the quarter-century of oversight of its finances and operations has been approved by a federal judge, and a five-year phase-out schedule will begin this year.

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Paying the Obamacare penalty this tax season? New enrollment period in the offing for 2015 coverage

In order to take advantage of the new, March 15-April 30 period, individuals must report initial awareness of the penalty this tax season.

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Trucking 101: The difference between a freight forwarder and a broker

The primary, though not the only, difference between forwarders and brokers is that a freight broker never takes possession of items being shipped.

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Labor dispute at West Coast ports comes to an end, truckers ask for backlog fee waivers

Trucking companies will spend months clearing the cargo, said the Intermodal Conference of the California Trucking Association, who has asked terminal operators and steamship lines to reduce or waive charges related to backlog.

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As labor negotiations at West Coast ports stall, Teamsters say they’ll support truckers in work stoppage

Labor negotiations between dockworkers and port company managers have hit another snag in their ongoing — and now nearly six-month-long — labor negotiations, and the struggle between the two parties to strike an agreement could lead to work stoppages, either in the form of a lockout by managers or a strike by workers.

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Construction Alert: I-5 night work in SoCal 2/23-2-28

I-5 between the Aliso Creek Rest Area and the San Diego-Orange County line will some nights next week be down to one lane.

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Diesel still projected to average less than $3 in 2015

In the January issue of its STEO report, the DOE forecasts the price of diesel will average $2.83 a gallon in 2015 — 2 cents lower than its projection in the January report and 3.5 cents lower than the average in the most recent week.

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Spot market demand weak on West Coast with port disruptions

As spot freight falls into a typical seasonal plateau, the West Coast port disruption throws a complication on top of it All throughout the Western regions things are slower, DAT reports.

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Permanent hours-of-service fix, minimum driver age, highway funding top ATA agenda for 2015

In addition to a more long-term hours-of-service fix, Osiecki says ATA will promote increasing fuel taxes to boost highway funding, building a national freight plan, lowering the legal age to obtain a CDL and dealing with federal emissions standards.

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