Both Penske and its drivers support a settlement in a nine-year class-action dispute over wages for meal and rest breaks. Final approval of the proposed deal is set for Feb. 27.
Recent court rulings against the California Trucking Association and Swift Transportation have dealt setbacks to the trucking industry’s practice of classifying drivers as independent contractors.
Safety groups are frustrated that the FMCSA doesn’t plan to require a minimum number of hours of real-world driving for new truck drivers.
A federal judge sided with a group of Swift Transportation drivers, who challenged the mega-carrier over its lease contracts. The plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Getman said the judge’s ruling that the drivers are employees, not independent contractors as Swift alleged, is a “significant win.”
Only two California-based motor carriers have signed up to participate in the state’s Motor Carrier Amnesty Program, which allows drayage companies that have misclassified truck drivers to change their work status to employees and pay them back wages.
Truck driving is among the deadliest professions in America. In 2015, 745 heavy and tractor-trailer drivers died in accidents or from other causes, more than any other occupation in the country.
Volvo Trucks North America will lay off 500 workers at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Va. early next year.
Truck driver wages surged 7.8 percent year over year in October to a median of $54,000, the biggest gain of any profession, according to a Glassdoor analysis.
A federal appeals court in Boston has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s voluntary Pre-Employment Screening Program for truck drivers did not violate the Federal Privacy Act.