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.
Trucking companies have hired female driver liaisons, allowed employees to train spouses and added harassment awareness classes to try to increase the number of female truck drivers.
Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest trucking firms, will pay $28 million to settle a lawsuit with former Schneider drivers who said they did not receive owed wages for meal and rest breaks as well as other forms of paid leave.
Despite a chronic trucking industry shortage of drivers, the ranks of women truck drivers shrank by 20,000 in 2015, according to federal employment data.
Only two trucking companies have taken advantage of a California amnesty deal for drayage firms that have misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.
Job board sites serving the trucking industry are evolving into platforms offering multiple services for carriers and truck drivers.
Volvo Trucks North America cites declining truck demand as reason for a second round of layoffs at its New River Valley Plant in Virginia. The company’s Swedish parent also reported lower second quarter sales and profits Tuesday.
The turnover rate for drivers of large truckload fleets fell 13 percent during the first quarter of the year, according to the American Trucking Associations.
Industry insiders have said no California port trucking companies plan to sign up for the state’s Motor Carrier Amnesty Program addressing truck employee driver misclassification controversy.