New Payroll Deadline and Thanksgiving Hours

by Ashley Rhodes 21. November 2019 08:56

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 Manager or Account Supervisor.

Next week has a temporary new deadline to submit paperwork for payroll. Submit your paperwork no later than midnight on Monday, November 25 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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Be an Owner with the U.S. Xpress Employee Stock Purchase Plan

by Ashley Rhodes 20. November 2019 11:27

Enrollment for the Employee Stock Purchase Plan begins December 1. Here’s what you need to know.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises (which includes U.S. Xpress, Inc. and Total Transportation of Mississippi) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “USX” in June of 2018. To make it easy for you to invest in the Company, we offer the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), an optional plan that allows you to purchase company shares at a discounted price of 15% of the fair market valueof the stock.

The ESPP discount is both higher than many of our competitor trucking companies and the highest allowable by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). If you’re currently employed by U.S. Xpress or Total Transportation and havebeen with the company for at least 12 months, you’re eligible to participate.

Here’s How it Works:

Each year, there will be two enrollment periods (December 1-December 15 and June 1-June 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 Company will use funds that have been deducted from your paycheck to purchase shares at a 15% discount of the stock price on either the first day of the funding period or on the last day of the funding period, whichever is lower.

So, for example, if you enroll in December 2019 and the stock is trading at $5 per share on the first day of the funding period (January 1, 2020) and trading at $10 per share on the last day of the funding period (June 30, 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 clicking here (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% of your compensation 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/or snail mail 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/solium/servlet/userLogin to access the ESPP website called Shareworks.

·         The first time you visit Shareworks, you’ll want to click “Open Account” in the top right-hand corner of the web page 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: December 1-15 or June 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.

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Interested in Becoming a Certified Driver Trainer?

by Ashley Rhodes 19. November 2019 16:54

There are many rewards to being a Certified Driver Trainer, from the gratitude of new drivers to making more money!

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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Complete Your Winter 2019 Training Assignments by February 7, 2020

by Ashley Rhodes 19. November 2019 09:28

As part of our commitment to your ongoing professional development, you have been assigned training that is now available on our Professional Driver Development Site. We’re asking that you complete the seven assignments by February 7, 2020.

Our Professional Driver Development program is designed to help you throughout your career, whether you’re new or experienced. Part of this involves training assignments that help you stay up-to-date about important aspects of your job. This winter, we’re focusing on the following topics:

  • Winter Slipping Hazards
  • Tire Chaining
  • Chain Bank Tip Card
  • Accident Response Protocol
  • Episode 1: Extreme Weather Driving
  • Anti-Gel Fuel Additive Tip Card
  • 2019 Driver Handbook

You can complete all seven assignments at once or one at a time, whichever is most convenient for you. Plus, you can access them quickly and easily online! Log on to the Professional Driver Development Site one of the following ways:

  • From the welcome page at www.USXpressway.com, click the “Professional Driver Development Site” button.
  • From within www.USXpressway.com, click the “Learning System” link found under MY TOOLS.
  • Or, from www.usxpress.com, click the “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” link at the bottom of the main page.

You can sign in with your Xpress Mobile/U.S. Xpressway username and password. If you have not signed up for Xpress Mobile or U.S. Xpressway yet, you can create a login by visiting www.USXpressway.com.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit https://vimeo.com/333594296.

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the new platform, please reach out to your FM/AS.

Also, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram to participate in our weekly winter training assignment pop quizzes for a chance to win $50 on your paycheck.

Thanks for driving with us!

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Scan Your Trip Paperwork Easily & Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Ashley Rhodes 18. November 2019 12:55

We know driving is hard work, so why should paperwork be hard too? Now you can scan your trip paperwork directly from the easy-to-use Xpress Mobile app on your phone, anytime or anywhere. Skip the extra time at truck stops and service centers with the scanning feature on the Xpress Mobile app. 

 

It’s Easy.

Check out our video with easy instructions on how to scan and submit your trip paperwork right from your phone.

It’s Convenient.

Scan and view your paperwork from wherever is convenient for you.

It’s Instant. 

Skip the lines for truck stop scanners and Xpress Scanning kiosks, and get back on the road sooner. You can scan immediately after your load is complete.

 

Have any questions? Please reach out to your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Visit www.USXpressway.com to register for a username, and then head to the App Store or Google Play to download the app.

Thanks for driving with us!

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Make a Referral. Make Easy Money.

by Ashley Rhodes 17. November 2019 13:09

Want to make an easy $1,800? Refer a qualified technician. Technicians are critical to ensuring our customers receive their freight on time. When you refer a technician, you can earn: 

1st successful recruit: $1,200

2nd successful recruit: $1,500

3rd successful recruit: $1,800

You’ll receive half of your bonus after your referral has been with us for 30 days, and the remainder after they have been with us 90 days. So just think, if you refer three technicians today, you could be holding $4,500 or more very soon!

Ready to make some quick cash? Make a referral by visiting www.USXtechreferral.com. Make sure the technician referral includes your name when applying online. Also, don't forget to mention that shop techs can now take advantage of the Full Ride college program.

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Make Up to $3,000 for Every New Driver Referral

by Ashley Rhodes 16. November 2019 14:02

Being a U.S. Xpress driver comes with a lot of perks, like solid pay and benefits and free college. And referring a driver also comes with perks, like up to $3,000 in referral bonuses! In fact, you’ll earn a bonus for every new referral, so that extra cash will add up fast. 

$250 for every Student Driver

$1,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

$3,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your new hire delivers their first load.

Ready to make some quick cash? Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral or using the form on your Xpress Mobile app. 

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Professional Driver Stephen K. Volunteers with his Local Community

by Ashley Rhodes 15. November 2019 09:24

 Shout out to Certified Driver Trainer Stephen K.! Recently while he was off-duty, he visited the Arc of Florida, a non-profit that cares for and works with adults with developmental disabilities.

 

He shared his trucking expertise with the developmental disabilities group. He showed them his truck and spent a few hours going over his job functions and answering any questions they had. They loved being able to see his "big rig" and, according to Fleet Support Manager Kellye Simerley, he received so much gratitude, smiles, and laughter from the group.

 

"Stephen means the world to me," Kellye said. "I have had him for my whole career here at U.S. Xpress. He's not only a great driver, but an excellent Certified Driver Trainer, too. I wanted to brag on him a little for what he has done to contribute his time and effort back to his community."

 

"I got my start in trucking in 1989 while I was a business manager and house parent for a program working with adolescents out of the court system," Stephen said. "I taught the kids horseback riding and basic animal care, as well as helped move equipment by pulling trailers. That eventually led to me driving big trucks and training student drivers. Volunteering with the Arc of Florida kind of takes me back to when I got my start."

 

We are so proud of Stephen and so glad he's driving with us!

 

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Helpful Tips to Avoid Frozen Brakes in Winter Weather

by Ashley Rhodes 14. November 2019 16:41

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid frozen brakes in winter weather:

1. Drain your tractor and trailer air tanks daily.

2. Do not set trailer brakes unless you are dropping a trailer.

3. Once you’ve parked, let the truck sit there for about 15 minutes before activating your truck brakes. That will allow the temperature to equalize. After that, pull forward and spread ice melt in your tire tracks before backing into the original parking spot again. That will stop your brakes and tires from freezing.

4. When you are ready to leave, make a slight turn to the right while looking to your passenger side mirror. Make sure both of your outside wheels are turning. Do the same with a left turn. If your wheels are turning, you are good to go.

 

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Make Your Next Stop the U.S. Xpressway

by Ashley Rhodes 13. November 2019 15:05

The U.S. Xpressway is the website exclusively for all U.S. Xpress Drivers, including Independent Contractors. Visit www.USXpressway.com today for company news, videos, and important information, as well as:

• Interactive sections to give shout outs to your fellow drivers.

• Tips for reading settlement sheets.

• Ways to stay safe and compliant while on the road. 

• Details about equipment, trucks, and trailers. 

• Contacts at U.S. Xpress available to help you. 

• How to bring pets and riders with you, and ways to stay healthy on the road.

If you already use the Xpress Mobile app, log in with your mobile app username and password. If you don’t have the mobile app, click on the New Driver Registration button on www.USXpressway.com and create a login quickly and easily.

We hope you enjoy your website, and thanks for driving with us! 

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