Essential Worker Letter Available in the Xpress Mobile App

by Ashley Rhodes 3. June 2020 15:30

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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Introducing April’s Drivers & Trainer of the Month

by Ashley Rhodes 2. June 2020 15:22

Though we appreciate all our Professional Truck Drivers, we believe our Drivers and Trainer of the Month are some of the best on the road. They have been nominated by their managers and chosen as winners by company leadership based on their outstanding safety records, hours of service compliance, and overall good reputation. Each of them will be recognized with a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and an entry to become the 2020 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

Without further ado, let us introduce April’s winners:

 

Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month: Jose G.

“Jose has always been great to work with. He always goes the extra mile and takes pride in his work and his team. He’s really good with following our time-off policy and is always willing to give us ideas for driver appreciation. We also reach out Jose as a go-to when we have drivers with language barriers or those who may need additional help or training. We’re so proud of him for this well-deserved recognition! Congrats Jose!” – Natasha Crabtree, Transportation Manager

 

Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month: Kristopher & Shelly L.

“Husband and wife team Kris and Shelly run for our Hobby Lobby account and are two of the strongest runners I’ve ever worked with at U.S. Xpress. Even when the account shut down due to the pandemic and having to bounce around on different accounts, they were always incredibly helpful and understanding. They’ve been outstanding for Hobby Lobby and I’m happy that they’ve being recognized with this award.” – Ryan Williams, Account Supervisor

 

“To say the least, Kris and Shelly’s dedication to U.S. Xpress is an example for others to follow. They both understand the impact of being the face of our company as they move from customer to customer and care about each of them as much as we do. They push for open, honest communication to reduce friction and, in general, embrace our core values: All About Our Customers, Team-Minded, Open & Honest, and most certainly Relentless. Combined, they have 16½ years with U.S. Xpress and we are very proud to have them on our Dedicated account!” – Mark Langston, Transportation Manager

 

Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month: Monty C.

 

Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month: Michael W.

“It gives us great pleasure to see Mikey get this. He is and has been one of the most loyal and Relentless drivers we have had the pleasure to work with. Mikey has gone above and beyond for U.S. Xpress and his dispatch more times than could be counted. Great job, Mikey! I’m so happy to have you on our team.” – Gerald Davichik, Account Supervisor

 

OTR Solo Driver of the Month: Terry E.

“Terry is hard working, passionate, and patient. When she’s not on the road, she loves spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren. And when she is on the road, we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of the team.” – Scott Ainscough, Fleet Support Manager

 

OTR Team Drivers of the Month: Clayton S. & Michael S.

“When Michael and Clayton are assigned a load, I never worry about it failing. These two heroes are very professional in what they do and both take their jobs very seriously. It’s always a pleasure when dealing with these guys.” – Tim Henderson, Team Fleet Manager

 

OTR Owner Operator of the Month: Eben J.

“EJ is a valued driver on the Whirlpool account out of McDonough, GA.  He’s a real team player and a go-to guy whenever there’s a challenge.  He’s quick to ask how he can help and always gets the job done.  We’re proud and happy to have him as part of our team!” – Carla Bowers, Transportation Manager

 

Trainer of the Month: Kenneth J.

“Kenneth has consistently communicated any issues he has with loads as soon as they arise and always goes above and beyond to update his load times. It’s those kinds of things that make a good driver a great driver and trainer. We’re so proud of him!” - Christian Kayler, Fleet Support Manager

 

Congratulations to our April Drivers and Trainer of the Month and thank you all for your continued hard work, dedication, and Relentless attitude as you keep this country rolling.

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Enrollment Starts Today for the U.S. Xpress Employee Stock Purchase Plan

by Ashley Rhodes 1. June 2020 11:56

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.

o 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.

o 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.

o 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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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 31. May 2020 14:00

As you likely know, with the introduction of a 2018 tax law, you may 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  IRS benefit, allowing you to potentially take home up to 8% more per pay check.

 

How does it work? Check out our video for the details and an example of what you could be taking home on Per Diem Advantage.

 

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.

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Scan in Your Paperwork from Your Cab

by Ashley Rhodes 30. May 2020 13:00

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

 

It’s Convenient.

You can scan and view your paperwork from anywhere.

 

It’s Instant.

The app allows you to skip the lines for scanners so you can get back on the road sooner. 

 

It’s Easy.

If you already have the Xpress Mobile App, everything you need is already on your phone. 

 

It helps keep you safe. 

Since every driver has to scan in paperwork, scanners are often some of the more frequently touched items in our facilities. With the threat of COVID-19 still growing, that’s the kind of thing you should be avoiding. Not to mention standing close to others as you wait in line for the scanner. When you use your app, you don’t even have to leave your cab. Just remember to disinfect your phone on a regular basis. 

 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Go to Go to www.USXpressway.com click on "Xpress Mobile App".

 

Feel free to reach out to your manager  if you have any questions.

 

Stay safe, drivers. 

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Staying Safe: Cleaning Team Reminders

by Ashley Rhodes 29. May 2020 13:58

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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Spread the Word About Our Coloring Contest!

by Ashley Rhodes 28. May 2020 15:16

People all over the country are looking for ways to thank you for the hard work you’re putting in on the frontlines during this uncertain time – including the little ones! Share the downloadable coloring sheet and contest details on this webpage (http://www.usxpress.com/hero-contest/) to help them show their thanks and maybe even win a $50 Walmart gift card! 

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

by Ashley Rhodes 27. May 2020 15:12

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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Tonight: Tyler Farr to Perform for U.S. Xpress on Facebook Live

by Ashley Rhodes 27. May 2020 10:54

Tune in tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/USXpressDrivers) to listen to popular country music artist Tyler Farr (https://www.tylerfarr.com/) perform his top hits to U.S. Xpress employees from his living room in Tennessee. He 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.

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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Upcoming Virtual Town Hall with Eric Fuller

by Ashley Rhodes 26. May 2020 17:08

After seeing the success of previous virtual Town Halls, members of our leadership team will now be hosting them once every two weeks while the majority of us are still working from home. The next one will be hosted on Zoom by President & CEO Eric Fuller on Friday, May 29th, at 10:00am ET. 

As always, whether you have specific questions or just want to listen in, we encourage you to join by clicking the link below at the meeting time. To ask specific questions, click the Q&A button at the bottom of the screen. Your questions will be vetted and answered in order. 

 

Friday, May 29th - 10:00am ET

Zoom link: https://usxpress.zoom.us/j/94320057422

 

See you there!

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