Essential Worker Letter Available in the Xpress Mobile App

by Ashley Rhodes 25. May 2020 14:30

As many cities and states are on lockdown as the threat of COVID-19 grows in the United States, only “essential workers” are permitted to be out on the roads. As truck drivers, your job is essential, especially during this time of crisis. If you’re in an area that has gone on lockdown, you may be stopped at a checkpoint and asked for a verification letter. 

To help keep you safe by cutting down on the exchange of paper, we have made this letter digital. If you’re stopped, open the letter in the Xpress Mobile App by selecting Documents, then Permits, from the app’s menu, and show it to the official. It is also available on our COVID-19 landing page (http://www.usxpress.com/COVID-19/).

As always, thanks for driving with us and for putting in so much hard work day-in and day-out to help keep this country running. Stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we’re here for you through all of this.

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Coming Soon: A Disinfection Fogging Service

by Ashley Rhodes 24. May 2020 15:30

From limiting access to hiring additional cleaning crews, we have been taking many different measures to help keep you safe while you’re on the road. Soon, we’ll be doing even more by adding a disinfection fogging service to our cleaning regimen, a procedure utilizing a fogging machine that eliminates bacteria and viruses even in hard-to-reach or commonly overlooked places. 

Once we begin fogging, facilities will be treated at least once per week (a maximum of 3x per week) until the threat of COVID-19 is behind us. Though the disinfectant is non-toxic, and you can re-enter a room after just 15 minutes, fogging will be done in the evening on specific days to help reduce any inconvenience. Times will be posted in common areas of each facility and communicated by on-site management before the disinfecting occurs. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding disinfection fogging please contact the Facilities Department at facilities@usxpress.com. 

Thanks for your cooperation and for all that you do. Stay safe out there. 

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Need to Fuel Up? Locate a Fuel Stop from your DriverTech.

by Ashley Rhodes 23. May 2020 17:00

Easily locate a fuel stop on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Fuel”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal fuel stop options will display on your screen, and you can select the one that best suits your needs. 

If you have any questions about locating a fuel stop from your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

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Country Music Artist Tyler Farr to Perform for U.S. Xpress

by Ashley Rhodes 23. May 2020 13:30

Artists across the world are performing intimate living room concerts to help keep us connected and spread joy during the COVID-19 pandemic. But most importantly, they’re reaching out to thank those on the frontlines, including professional truck drivers like you.

On Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. EDT, popular country music artist Tyler Farr (https://www.tylerfarr.com/) will serenade U.S. Xpress employees from his living room in Tennessee. Tyler will perform live on our US Xpress Drivers page (https://www.facebook.com/USXpressDrivers).

For 30-minutes, he’ll sing tunes, including his No. 1 hits and his latest single, Only Truck in Town. Tyler will also respond to comments during the performance. 

This is the first concert Tyler has performed for a trucking company as part of his online concerts. We hope you can join in on the fun and invite your family and friends to watch.

You Could Win

Want to win some free swag, including hats and gift cards? Simply join the live concert and make a comment. We’ll randomly select from U.S. Xpress drivers who comment and send prizes to the winners.

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A Total of 30 Team Members Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

by Ashley Rhodes 22. May 2020 17:30

As of Wednesday, May 20th, 30 of our team members have tested positive for COVID-19, only up 2 from last week’s total. We are happy to say, many of them have made a full recovery and are already back to work. The rest are getting better and better every day. We wish them a full recovery and look forward to having them back in action. 

As always, thank you all for your dedication and hard work on the frontlines during this difficult time. The diligence you’ve shown is what makes us sure that we’ll get through this together. 

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Reminders from the Cleaning Team

by Ashley Rhodes 22. May 2020 14:59

As you know, various cleaning supplies and protective gear are available at any of our service centers and Dedicated locations. We highly recommend picking up whatever you need to help keep you safe while you’re out on the road. Keep in mind:

• You can refill your plastic spray bottles with disinfectant or hand sanitizer, so don’t throw them away.  

• Many customers and states/cities are requiring face coverings at all times, so you should have one in your truck. 

• Even when wearing a mask, be mindful of social distancing as it is still suggested by the CDC.

• If you’re using a reusable face covering, it’s important to wash it regularly. 

• To help ensure everyone has access to the supplies they need, you should only take what you need. 

Thank you for all you do. Stay safe out there. 

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Be an Owner with the U.S. Xpress Employee Stock Purchase Plan

by Ashley Rhodes 21. May 2020 14:29

With our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), from June 1-15, any U.S. Xpress employee who's been with the company for at least 12 months can purchase U.S. Xpress stock at a 15% discount.

This discount is both higher than many of our competitor trucking companies and the highest allowable by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  

Here's How it Works:

Each year, there will be two enrollment periods (June 1-15 and December 1-15) during which you can sign up for the ESPP and determine what percentage of your compensation you want to allocate to purchasing U.S. Xpress stock.

After that, there are six-month "funding periods" during which time your pre-determined allocation will be withheld from your paycheck. At the end of each funding period, the funds that have been deducted from your paycheck will be used to purchase shares at a 15% discount off the stock price on either the first day or the last day of the funding period, whichever is lower.

So, for example, if you enroll in June 2020 and the stock is trading at $5 per share on the first day of the funding period (July 1, 2020) and trading at $10 per share on the last day of the funding period (December 31, 2020), the money that's been withheld during that six-month period would be used to buy stock at 15% off the lower of the two prices, or $4.25 ($5/share less 15% discount). Although you will need to hold the shares for one year prior to selling or transferring them, it is hard to beat a 15% discount on the lower of two prices.

Have You Signed Up Previously for the ESPP?

If you plan to keep the same contribution you set during your previous enrollment, you do not need to do anything.

However, if you would like to increase, decrease or suspend your contribution, you do need to log into your account by visiting usxpress.solium.com (no activation code needed) and changing or suspending the percentage you initially allocated toward purchasing U.S. Xpress stock.

New to the ESPP? Follow these Three Simple Steps to Sign Up:

  1. Decide what percentage of your compensation you'd like to allocate for purchasing stock at a 15% discount. You may contribute anywhere from 1% to 15% of your compensation, but not more than $25,000 over the course of a year ($12,500 for each 6-month period. IRS rules).
  2. Be on the lookout for an email and letter that will include a 12-digit account activation code that's been generated just for you. You'll use that code to activate an online account that will allow you to enroll in the ESPP.
  3. Activate your online account by visiting usxpress.solium.com to access the ESPP website called Shareworks.
    • The first time you visit Shareworks, click "Open Account" in the top right corner of the webpage and use your 12-digit activation code to get started.
    • Follow the prompts to activate your account, determine a password and enroll in the ESPP. Make sure to take this step during one of the two annual enrollment periods: June 1-15 or December 1-15.
    • If for some reason you don't receive your activation code via mail or email, just give Shareworks a call at 1.877.380.7793 and they'll give you your activation code. 

Have More Questions?
Contact the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (Option #7)​.

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Be an Owner with the U.S. Xpress Employee Stock Purchase Plan

by Ashley Rhodes 21. May 2020 14:08

With our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), from June 1-15, any U.S. Xpress employee who's been with the company for at least 12 months can purchase U.S. Xpress stock at a 15% discount.

This discount is both higher than many of our competitor trucking companies and the highest allowable by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  

Here's How it Works:

Each year, there will be two enrollment periods (June 1-15 and December 1-15) during which you can sign up for the ESPP and determine what percentage of your compensation you want to allocate to purchasing U.S. Xpress stock.

After that, there are six-month "funding periods" during which time your pre-determined allocation will be withheld from your paycheck. At the end of each funding period, the funds that have been deducted from your paycheck will be used to purchase shares at a 15% discount off the stock price on either the first day or the last day of the funding period, whichever is lower.

So, for example, if you enroll in June 2020 and the stock is trading at $5 per share on the first day of the funding period (July 1, 2020) and trading at $10 per share on the last day of the funding period (December 31, 2020), the money that's been withheld during that six-month period would be used to buy stock at 15% off the lower of the two prices, or $4.25 ($5/share less 15% discount). Although you will need to hold the shares for one year prior to selling or transferring them, it is hard to beat a 15% discount on the lower of two prices.

Have You Signed Up Previously for the ESPP?

If you plan to keep the same contribution you set during your previous enrollment, you do not need to do anything.

However, if you would like to increase, decrease or suspend your contribution, you do need to log into your account by visiting usxpress.solium.com (no activation code needed) and changing or suspending the percentage you initially allocated toward purchasing U.S. Xpress stock.

New to the ESPP? Follow these Three Simple Steps to Sign Up:

  1. Decide what percentage of your compensation you'd like to allocate for purchasing stock at a 15% discount. You may contribute anywhere from 1% to 15% of your compensation, but not more than $25,000 over the course of a year ($12,500 for each 6-month period. IRS rules).
  2. Be on the lookout for an email and letter that will include a 12-digit account activation code that's been generated just for you. You'll use that code to activate an online account that will allow you to enroll in the ESPP.
  3. Activate your online account by visiting usxpress.solium.com to access the ESPP website called Shareworks.
    • The first time you visit Shareworks, click "Open Account" in the top right corner of the webpage and use your 12-digit activation code to get started.
    • Follow the prompts to activate your account, determine a password and enroll in the ESPP. Make sure to take this step during one of the two annual enrollment periods: June 1-15 or December 1-15.
    • If for some reason you don't receive your activation code via mail or email, just give Shareworks a call at 1.877.380.7793 and they'll give you your activation code. 

Have More Questions?
Contact the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (Option #7)​.

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Memorial Day Hours

by Ashley Rhodes 21. May 2020 12:02

To help you out if you’re on the road this Memorial Day, all of our service centers will be open and available, as always, for anyone who needs them. But please note, a few of our shop hours have been slightly altered due to the holiday:

• Indianapolis: 6am – 2am 

• Markham: 6am – 2am

• Springfield: 6am – 2am

Additionally, Payroll and the DriverTech Help Desk will be closed on Memorial Day.

If you have any questions or concerns about our holiday hours, please contact your manager. 

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Help Maintain Your Mental Health With Our Employee Assistance Program

by Ashley Rhodes 20. May 2020 16:00

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is designed to help you lead a happier, more productive life by maintaining your mental health. Through the program, you have access to unlimited online and phone support 24/7, anywhere in the world. It allows you to:

·     Connect to Licensed Professional Counselors who can help with things like:

o   Stress, depression, anxiety

o   Relationship issues, divorce

o   Job stress, work conflicts

o   Family and parenting

o   Anger, grief and loss

o   And more

·      Visit a Licensed Professional Counselor 3 times at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind, though these are usually face-to-face visits, they will most likely be held virtually until the COVID-19 outbreak has passed.

·      Access multi-lingual, medically certified crisis management professionals around the world through a state-of-the-art global response operations center.

We know times like these can be stressful, scary, and sad. Just remember that even while you’re out on the road, you’re not alone. Millions of people are feeling the same way, and millions of people are seeking help. If you think you could benefit from talking to someone too, we encourage you to do so.

To get connected to a Licensed Professional Counselor or get information on other medical assistance regarding your mental health, call 1-800-854-1446 or visit www.unum.com/lifebalance.

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