Make up to 30% More as a Certified Driver Trainer!

by Ashley Rhodes 27. November 2019 14:30

When you're a trainer with U.S. Xpress, you’ll receive $450 for completing the 3-day certification class, and then you get your solo rate of pay for all dispatched miles no matter who is driving. And, you’ll also get a $20/day stipend for each day the Student is on the truck available for dispatch. 

Once your student upgrades to a first seat driver, you’ll still get paid when your student completes various milestones: 

• $100 if the student successfully completes the backing test without additional training

• $100 if the student successfully completes the road test without additional training

• $150 if the student's HOS logs are complete and error-free

• $100 if you stay out with the student for the entire training period (no hotel costs incurred)

• $50 per month of the student’s safe driving (no preventable accidents, no CSA points, and no citations or violations) for 12 months following the student’s upgrade

• $150 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 6 months after upgrade

• $250 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 12 months after upgrade

There are paid training classes every Saturday - Monday in various locations. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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Congratulations to our October 2019 Drivers and Trainers of the Month!

by Ashley Rhodes 27. November 2019 10:53

We believe our Drivers and Trainers of the Month are some of the best professionals on the road! Drivers and Trainers of the Month are selected by their managers for their outstanding safety records, for hours of service compliance, and for having an overall good reputation. The winning drivers are then chosen by company leadership.

They receive a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and they will be in the running for the 2019 Driver/Trainer of the Year award. Make sure to say congrats to these drivers for winning!

Shout out to our October Drivers of the Month/Trainers of the Month:

Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month Jamie A.

"Jamie is a pleasure to work with day in and day out. She always strives to do a great job and is very concerned with herself when things don't go as planned and has no issue putting the job first. She is always willing to lend a helping hand to new and old drivers alike. She has a big heart to along with her big smile. I have often told my team here onsite that I wish we could clone her at times. It would definitely make our jobs easier!" – Transportation Manager Richard Tharpe

Dedicated Team Drivers Michael L. & Kevin R.
"Michael and Kevin are excellent drivers and are always coming through in a pinch. They have great attitudes and I know I can always count on them to get the job done." – Account Supervisor Kris Rinehart

Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month Curtis P.
"Curtis has been a professional truck driver for almost 14 years within U.S. Xpress. Aside from his passion for driving, Curtis exemplifies the traits of a leader in the trucking industry. He has been recognized for 100% service to Meijer stores, as well as for helping and mentoring other drivers at our company. He has also driven all these years without a preventable accident. He always gives an outstanding performance." – Dedicated Operations Manager Mohammad Taha

Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month Marlon W.

"It is a pleasure to have Marlon driving for us in Gordonsville, VA. Not only is he a great individual, but he's an excellent driver as well. He is always ready to run, and ready to help others when needed." – Account Supervisor Jonathan Whorton

OTR Solo Driver of the Month Calvin W.

"Calvin is an exceptional driver and so deserving of this acknowledgment. He goes beyond the expectations and always services the customers efficiently. He is not only an asset to the company, but to my own board as his Fleet Support Manager." – Fleet Support Manager Lori Green

OTR Team Drivers of the Month Lucas H. & James H.

"Since I have moved over to the team boards, I can honestly say that when Lucas and James are assigned to a load, I know that I don't have to worry about the service of the customer.  Lucas and James always go beyond to ensure the customer comes first. They're a great team!" – Team Fleet Support Manager Tim Henderson

OTR Owner Operator Driver of the Month Shawn M.

"Shawn is a WONDERFUL driver. Not only is he a wonderful driver, but he's also a wonderful person and it shows in his attitude. He is always there to lend a helping hand and help his fellow drivers and his fleet manager out. He's a great asset to U.S. Xpress." – Fleet Support Manager Tiffany Davis

Dedicated Certified Driver Trainer of the Month Anthony P.

"I cannot help but to brag on Tony! Tony always services freight on time and manages to keep himself, his students, and everyone on the road around him safer. Although our account runs regional, Tony is always more than willing to fill in where help is needed in order to give his students a broad training experience. Tony has a great attitude and vast knowledge of the trucking industry, making him an ideal Certified Driver Trainer. His students are prepared to drive on their own well before it's time for them to test out. He only trains his students to be the best. It is such a joy to work with Tony and his students!" – Account Supervisor Karen Sheppard

OTR Certified Driver Trainer of the Month William B.

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We’re Collecting Toys at U.S. Xpress Locations for Toys for Tots

by Ashley Rhodes 26. November 2019 16:42

Toys for Tots is an effort run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys during the holiday season, so deserving kids can have presents when they normally would not. They’ve been collecting toys every year since the 1940’s.

Anyone may drop a new, unwrapped toy in the boxes set up at all our Service C enters (except for Tunnel Hill due to the remodel), and we’ll make sure to get them delivered to Toys for Tots. The deadline for toys is Friday, December 13.

It is important to note that Toys for Tots will not accept donations of food, clothing or toys that look like weapons.

If you are going to be at any of the terminals above, we invite you to bring in a new, unwrapped toy. Please note that participation in our toy drive is completely voluntary.

If you have questions about our toy drive, please contact the HR Business Partner at a participating terminal or your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor. 

We are proud to support Toys for Tots in their endeavor to help bring joy to kids this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity, and for driving with U.S.

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 25. November 2019 15:30

As you likely know, with the introduction of a new 2018 tax law, you can no longer itemize work expenses for tax purposes. But there is good news: the IRS now allows you to keep $66 of your earnings per day tax-free as a professional truck driver.

U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage makes sure you get the full advantage of this new IRS benefit, allowing you to potentially take home up to 8% more per pay check.

How does it work? If you choose to participate in Per Diem Advantage, you'll get paid two different rates for every mile you run. One rate is taxed by the IRS, and the other rate is tax-free. For every mile you run, you're getting paid both of those rates.

When it comes time to get paid, all the usual taxes will come out of the taxed portion of your pay, but taxes won’t come out of the tax-free portion of the Per Diem Advantage pay, leaving you with more take-home pay each week.

Don’t forget, since the 2018 tax law went into effect, U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage is now the only way you can get a tax-free IRS benefit.

You should keep in mind that everyone’s tax situation is a little different, and you can visit www.usxjobs.com/per-diem-advantage-pay-calculator to get an estimate that closely matches your individual circumstances. We also recommend that you talk with a tax professional if you’re still unsure about whether Per Diem Advantage is right for you.

If you’re ready to enroll in Per Diem Advantage, you can sign up in three easy ways:

·         Enter a Payroll Setup Macro 53 on DriverTech and type “Y” behind “DO YOU ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PER DIEM ADVANTAGE”.

·         Call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor.

·         Call 1-844-USXPRESS and speak to a Payroll team member by selecting Option #5.

Are you a Dedicated Driver? With the introduction of Per Diem Advantage, many of our accounts that were ineligible to be on our previous per diem program are now eligible to participate. These accounts include (but are not limited to) Ashley Furniture Advance, Baxter Health, Dollar General Janesville, Dupre Logistics New Orleans, Family Dollar Marianna, FedEx Chattanooga, Hobby Lobby Oklahoma City, Libbey Glass Toledo, Michaels Alliance, Michaels Hazleton, Michaels Jacksonville, Target Denton, Target Lake City, Tractor Supply Co. Frankfurt, Tractor Supply Co. Guilderland, and Walmart Auburn.

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New Payroll Deadline and Thanksgiving Hours

by Ashley Rhodes 25. November 2019 13:22

Some departments will be closed this Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving. Please check the list below for the temporary changes. If you have any questions or need additional info, please call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor. 

This week has a temporary new deadline to submit paperwork for payroll. Submit your paperwork no later than midnight on Monday, November 25 (today) if you want to ensure you get paid on Friday, November 29. Payroll will be closed on Thanksgiving.

DriverTech Help Desk will be closed, but will be open on Friday, November 29.

Xpress Roadside Assistance, Extended Coverage, and Claims will be open 24 hours, as usual.

 

Some Service Centers and shops will be closed or have limited hours:

• Cleveland: Closed

• Duncan: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Ellenwood: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Irving: Open from 7 a.m.- 4: p.m.

• Indianapolis: Closed

• Jackson: Closed, but shop techs will be on call

• Jacksonville: 7 a.m. -4 p.m.

• Laredo: Open from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Loudon: Closed, but shop techs will be on call

• Markham: 6 a.m. -2 a.m.

• Olive Branch: Closed, but shop techs will be on call

• Springfield: 6 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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ELDs are Coming!

by Ashley Rhodes 24. November 2019 15:51

As you may know, recent federal regulations now require you to log your hours via ELD. Until now, we have logged hours with an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) via your DriverTech unit. In order to comply with these new regulations, your DriverTech will soon be updated to logging your hours via ELD. Here’s what you need to know:

• Soon, if you’re an OTR driver, you will be routed into a shop that’s most convenient to your schedule. There, your DriverTech unit will be upgraded with the necessary hardware to enable the switch to ELD.

• If you’re a Dedicated driver, the hardware upgrade will take place soon at your DC.

• Your DriverTech unit will switch over to logging via ELD within the next few days after your upgrade is complete. You will receive a satcom message letting you know when it’s activated. 

The major change you’ll see between being on ELD and AOBRD is how you’ll transmit your e-logs during an inspection. During the DriverTech upgrade process, we’ll put a new “Roadside Inspection Guide” in your permit book. On it, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to place your new ELD into Enforcement View and transfer your data to the inspector.

Once the switch happens, your ELD will be able to auto-detect certain actions and change your status, including:

• On-Duty Driving status will activate when you reach a speed of 5 MPH. Keep this in mind in case you don't mean to be in On-Duty Driving status.  

Want to learn more about your new ELD? Check out the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide” we’ve put in your permit book. You can also reach out to your FM/AS for more information, or call the Safety Department at 844-879-7737, option 6.

Please note, the “Roadside Inspection Guide”, the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide”, and a supply of blank paper logs are required to always be in your permit book.

We appreciate your cooperation during the switch, and thank you for driving with us!

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Get a Better Look at Our Service Centers: This Month We’re Featuring Shippensburg

by Ashley Rhodes 23. November 2019 13:42

Whether you’ve been to our service centers recently or it’s been a while, there’s a chance you haven’t seen everything available to you. That’s why we’re profiling our service centers, and this month is all about our Shippensburg, PA location.

As one of the most important parts of our business, we want you to feel comfortable when you’re in our service centers, whether you want to work, relax or play!

Make your first stop at Shippenburg’s service counter, where a friendly staff member can answer your questions, assist you with scanning your paperwork, and more.

 

Is your truck in need of a fuel up or a service? Shippensburg has you covered with a fuel island and a full service maintenance shop, open 24 hours on Monday – Saturday, and 7am – 1am on Sundays.

 

 

Shippensburg’s wash bay has everything you need to make your truck sparkle and shine.  

 

 

Enjoy a break at Shippensburg’s driver pavilion, complete with plenty of seating and string lighting for a relaxing glow. 

 

Kick back, unwind, and catch up on your favorite TV shows at Shippensburg’s driver lounge. 

 

Looking to get in some exercise? Shoot some hoops and break a sweat at Shippensburg’s outdoor basketball area. 

 

If you’re stopping by Shippensburg with your canine co-pilot, check out their outdoor dog kennels and green space, free to use for your furry friends. 

 

Got laundry? Shippensburg has you covered with washers and dryers that are free to use 24/7. 

 

If you’re a Certified Driver Trainer with a student driver who needs some additional instruction, check out Shippensburg’s Professional Driver Development classroom.

 

Like all of our service centers, Shippensburg is here for you. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to the Service Center Manager Mark Viale at 717-530-1730 or mviale@usxpress.com.

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Today is the Last Day to Sign Up for 2020 Benefits.

by Ashley Rhodes 22. November 2019 14:58

2020 benefits enrollment ends today. After November 22, you will not be able to make changes and confirm existing coverage until this time next year, so it's important that you call today.

Be sure to review your benefits guide, fax your dependent documentation to 866-231-9165 (marriage license for spouse, birth certificates for kids) and call the 866-895-8677 until 8p EST to sign up for benefits today. 

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Tomorrow is the Last Day to Sign Up for 2020 Benefits

by Ashley Rhodes 21. November 2019 15:40

2020 benefits enrollment ends tomorrow. After November 22, you will not be able to make changes and confirm existing coverage until this time next year, so it's important that you call today.

Be sure to review your benefits guide, fax your dependent documentation to 866-231-9165 (marriage license for spouse, birth certificates for kids) and call the 866-895-8677 between 8am and 8pm EST to sign up for benefits today or tomorrow. 

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Tomorrow is the Last Day to Sign Up for 2020 Benefits

by Ashley Rhodes 21. November 2019 15:34

2020 benefits enrollment ends tomorrow. After November 22, you will not be able to make changes and confirm existing coverage until this time next year, so it's important that you call today.

Be sure to review your benefits guide, fax your dependent documentation to 866-231-9165 (marriage license for spouse, birth certificates for kids) and call the 866-895-8677 between 8am and 8pm EST to sign up for benefits today or tomorrow. 

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