So Nick has been with this Company for a few years now, he started when it was a tiny little business but his boss has always seemed to treat him well.
Now his boss has bought new property and massivly expanded, bought a brand new fleet of trucks and things seem to be going down hill, fast
Nick only makes $0.30 a mile, but he has always had decent dedicated routes and we were used to bringing home around $750 a week, he also got twice a year safety bonus checks that were between $600-$800
Now that the boss has expanded he is looking for every reason in the world to hold the bonus (we didnt get the winter bonus this year) and he is bidding higher on jobs to pay for the trucks, he has be out-bid on EVERY dedicated run he had, so now its all open board, and they are being horrible with that. We knew it would be slow around the holidays so we saved up for a few weeks, now it should be going back to normal and NOTHING, Nick is barely bringing home $300 and being gone all week, they send him 100 miles away and he has to sit for over a day waiting for them to load or un-load him because communication is so bad.
We can not pay our bills on this, he would make more on un-employment at this point!
Nick is a very hard and loyal worker, he will typically do anything they tell him, I just got off the phone with him and told him that when he goes into the office today he needs to make a fuss and tell him he is putting in apps if things dont change FAST. They dont want to loose him, he is the youngest driver they have by far, and also the only one who dosnt put severe restrictions on his schedule (for example one is a preacher and must be home every Sunday, all day no matter what)
I am just so pissed, the benifits suck, the pay isnt great by industry standards, but we have always felt the boss was looking out for us, until recently, now we dont even have that. We never wanted to be owner operators because we never wanted to have to worry about paying for the truck, now it feels like that is being forced on us anyway