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Obama sends Labor Secretary to aid in ongoing labor talks at West Coast ports

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined West Coast labor talks after port gridlock was exacerbated by another suspension of weekend vessel work.

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Diesel price rises for second straight week

The U.S. average diesel price rose for the second consecutive week for the first time since June 2014.

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Construction begins March 7 on new connector at Chicago’s Circle Interchange

A $475 million upgrade to the link between the northbound I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway and the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway westbound in Chicago gets under way March 7. Expect delays.

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What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

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E-log, speed limiter mandates delayed, DOT says in latest regulatory report

The DOT has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to publish each.

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Barriers to the next generation of drivers detailed in ATRI’s demographics study

It will be difficult, noted ATRI President Rebecca Brewster, to keep drivers in trucking if "the drivers are forced ... to drive during periods of increased risk" due to the nature of the hours of service regulations.

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POLL: What mpg is your fuel surcharge based on?

With some carriers shifting upward the mpg their fuel-surcharge contracts are based on, what's behind your own calculations of surcharges, such as they exist?

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PIB tip: Remember the warranty during truck loan negotiations

When you are negotiating for a truck loan, make sure your dealership is able to service your truck and that warranty work and downtime will have the least possible effect on your driving time and miles. Get warranty agreements in writing and make sure you understand them. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm. The next Partners in Business seminars will be Aug. 22 ...

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Carriers’ crystal ball extending to recruiting

Your next lease or employment application could well hinge in part on whether predictive, data-based recruiting models suggest you're a good fit for whatever fleet you hope to join forces with -- or not.

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Pilot Flying J denied motion to dismiss lawsuits in fuel rebate withholding case

A federal judge said in the 77-page order — which denied motions by Pilot to dismiss the suits — that two of the carriers have made “plausible claim that the Pilot defendants committed at least some fraudulent acts.”

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