From Behind the Wheel- Safe Driving in Action

by Miranda Brooks 17. June 2022 16:50

Studies prove nearly 80% of all collisions involving tractor trailers are NOT the truck driver’s fault. Yet, in some of these cases, drivers take the blame and the CSA points. That’s why we installed Eve, an external event recorder, on all our trucks. When Eve detects triggering events like sudden deceleration, swerving, speeding or impact, it automatically records 12 seconds of external video and internal audio, protecting against deducted CSA points, allowing us to reward safe driving habits, helping us correct unsafe driving behaviors and, most importantly, ensuring the well-being of our drivers and the motoring public.

 

 

In these moments, captured by Eve, we see not only how tough a driver’s job can be, but how lucky we are to have drivers on our team who make safety a priority. Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/717512201

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Last Cal: Enroll in the Employee Stock Purchase Program June 1-15

by Miranda Brooks 15. June 2022 11:32

Get a 15% discount on U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (USX) stock and become an owner of the company through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). The window to enroll runs June 1-15, and we’re making it easy to own a piece of our business.

The program is open to everyone who has been with U.S. Xpress, Variant, Xpress Technologies, or Total Transportation for at least one year.

To enroll, first decide what percentage of your compensation you’d like to set aside to purchase USX stock at a 15% discount. You can contribute between 1% and 15% of your compensation, with a maximum of $25,000 going to the ESPP over the course of a year. This means up to $12,500 for each six-month period, in compliance with IRS regulations.

Then be on the lookout for an email that will include a 12-digit code generated just for you. You’ll use the code to activate an online account that will allow you to enroll in the ESPP. If you don’t receive your activation code, give Shareworks a call at 1-877-380-7793, and they’ll give it to you.

After you enroll, there are six-month “funding periods” when that pre-determined percentage is withheld from your gross pay. At the end of each funding period, the company uses the funds that have been deducted from your paycheck to purchase shares at a 15% discount based on the price on either the first or last day of the funding period, whichever is lower.

For example, if you enroll in June 2022 and the stock is trading at $5 per share on the first day of the funding period (July 1) and trading at $10 per share on the last day of the funding period (December 31), the money withheld during that six-month period would be used to buy stock at 15% off $5 per share. This means you would buy stock at $4.25 ($5 per share minus 15% discount). You must hold the shares for one year prior to selling or transferring them.

If you’re already enrolled and you plan to keep the same contribution you set during your previous enrollment, you don’t need to do anything.However, if you would like to increase, decrease, or pause your contribution, log into your account by clicking here (no activation code needed) and change or pause the percentage you initially selected. Changes made online in June will take effect in July.

 

If you have any questions, contact the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (1-844-879-7737, option #7). You can review the U.S. Xpress ESPP policy on the Securities & Exchange Commission website.

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You’ve got opinions. We want to hear them.

by Miranda Brooks 14. June 2022 09:00

Professional drivers for U.S. Xpress and Variant can help shape the direction of our company by responding to a brief survey we recently sent to you via email. You can also accesst the survey below:

The survey is open June 13-July 6. Taking the survey is fast, easy, and totally confidential. Most importantly, it will help us understand how to make our company a better place to work.

We’re always trying to get better in our mission to make goods move better, but we can’t do it without you.

If you have trouble accessing the survey, contact the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

You have until July 6 to share your thoughts on what we get right and where we fall short. We hope to hear from you. 

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Celebrating our Million Milers

by Miranda Brooks 13. June 2022 16:10

Last week, we honored 181 professional drivers for reaching their one, two, three, and even four million safe mile status. Combined, this group has driven 241 million safe miles!

In addition to honoring our first-ever Four Million Miler, Professional Driver Jim D., we also honored 10 Drivers of the Year and our Trainer of the Year for 2021. Please join us in congratulating our newest Million Milers on achieving this exceptional milestone.

Check out our Facebook page to watch the full awards ceremony and Walk of Fame. 

 

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Important update on trailers

by Miranda Brooks 10. June 2022 16:39

When it comes to finding available trailers, there are many moving parts that you and our Trailer Team encounter each day. Our goal is to make it easier to locate and access available trailers in our network, and you play crucial role in making that happen. How can you help? Please review and follow the best practices below regarding trailers.

 

Trailer Best Practices for Drivers

·        Contact your Ops Team when you need an empty trailer.

·        If you get an empty trailer assignment and find that the trailer assigned is not there, report it to your Ops Team.

·        Report damaged trailers to XRA.

·        If a shipper prevents you from taking a trailer that has been assigned to you, contact your Ops Team.

·        Please never take a trailer that was not assigned to you

o   This will cause a ripple effect as there is likely a driver en route to pick up that trailer. Taking trailers that are not assigned to you will significantly increase the likelihood that the next trailer assigned to you will not be there. 

·        Always complete a pre-trip and post-trip inspection for each trailer that you hook or drop.

·        Always complete your macros with accurate trailer information.

o   If accurate trailer information in not input, it contributes to incorrect information in our system and will significantly increase the likelihood that another driver will be assigned to pick-up that trailer and discover that it’s gone.  

By living these best practices, you’re helping improve our visibility into what trailers are available and where they are. This enables us to make more accurate trailer assignments within the network and limits your down time. It’s a win-win. Thank you in advance for doing your part.

 

 

Questions about trailers? Please reach out to your Ops Team or send them to trailer@drivevariant.com.

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Congrats to our winners

by Miranda Brooks 5. June 2022 13:54

Results from last year’s engagement survey told us we have room to improve our benefits offerings. So, this year we shared a survey to learn more about your ideal benefits package.

Everyone who completed survey was entered into a drawing to win one of five $500 gift cards. Thanks to everyone who shared their feedback to help steer the future of our benefits offerings.

Congrats to our winners who were randomly selected by our third-party survey squad

  • Professional Driver Marvin F.
  • Professional Driver Monique C.
  • Professional Driver Sherri W.

 

We’re still sifting through all your responses to get your insight on trends and preferences, and we’ll share more info when we have it. In the meantime, check out some of our benefits like the Employee Stock Purchase Plan, which is open for enrollment now through June 15.

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Get a College Degree on Us!

by Miranda Brooks 4. June 2022 13:52

Headline: Get a College Degree on Us!

Have you ever thought of earning a college degree or sending a dependent to school? If you're a U.S. Xpress company driver or technician – this is the time to do it, for free!  

 

Our Full Ride program offers a 100% paid 4-year college degree from accredited college University of Arizona Global Campus. From liberal arts to business, there are dozens of degrees available so you or your dependents can fulfill any education dreams at no cost to you. We'll pay for tuition, fees, and books, while you continue earning as a driver with us. There is no requirement to earn a certain grade to continue with the program, and while we hope you stay, there is no obligation for you to remain with us after you or your dependents have earned your degree.

Want to learn more? Visit www.USXFullRide.com usxjobs.com/full-ride to get started. ​

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Inclusion and Diversity: Changing the Face of Trucking

by Miranda Brooks 3. June 2022 13:39

The face of trucking is changing.​ People of different races, sexualities, ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds are joining the industry, bringing new perspectives to the table, and driving success for their organizations. In fact:

  • 64% of carriers report that they are at least 51% owned by a member of a diverse group.
  • The number of drivers who identify as part of a minority group increased nearly 15% between 2013 and 2018 and continues to grow.
  • Companies in the top 25th percentile for gender diversity on their executive teams are about 25% more likely to experience above-average profits.

So, we will continue striving for and celebrating diversity and inclusion at U.S. Xpress as we grow and change as a company and as individuals.

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Enroll in the Employee Stock Purchase Plan June 1-15

by Miranda Brooks 1. June 2022 14:52

Get a 15% discount on U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (USX) stock and become an owner of the company through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). The window to enroll runs June 1-15, and we’re making it easy to own a piece of our business.

The program is open to everyone who has been with U.S. Xpress, Variant, Xpress Technologies, or Total Transportation for at least one year.

To enroll, first decide what percentage of your compensation you’d like to set aside to purchase USX stock at a 15% discount. You can contribute between 1% and 15% of your compensation, with a maximum of $25,000 going to the ESPP over the course of a year. This means up to $12,500 for each six-month period, in compliance with IRS regulations.

Then be on the lookout for an email that will include a 12-digit code generated just for you. You’ll use the code to activate an online account that will allow you to enroll in the ESPP. If you don’t receive your activation code, give Shareworks a call at 1-877-380-7793, and they’ll give it to you.

After you enroll, there are six-month “funding periods” when that pre-determined percentage is withheld from your gross pay. At the end of each funding period, the company uses the funds that have been deducted from your paycheck to purchase shares at a 15% discount based on the price on either the first or last day of the funding period, whichever is lower.

For example, if you enroll in June 2022 and the stock is trading at $5 per share on the first day of the funding period (July 1) and trading at $10 per share on the last day of the funding period (December 31), the money withheld during that six-month period would be used to buy stock at 15% off $5 per share. This means you would buy stock at $4.25 ($5 per share minus 15% discount). You must hold the shares for one year prior to selling or transferring them.

If you’re already enrolled and you plan to keep the same contribution you set during your previous enrollment, you don’t need to do anything.However, if you would like to increase, decrease, or pause your contribution, log into your account by clicking here (no activation code needed) and change or pause the percentage you initially selected. Changes made online in June will take effect in July.

 

If you have any questions, contact the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (1-844-879-7737, option #7). You can review the U.S. Xpress ESPP policy on the Securities & Exchange Commission website.

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Who are April’s Drivers and Trainer of the Month?

by Miranda Brooks 31. May 2022 11:01

Our professional drivers are some of the best out there. Day in and day out, your hard work keeps the supply chain running and the economy on track. That's no small feat.

We want to recognize one who has gone above and beyond. This driver was nominated by their managers and chosen as a winner 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 2022 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

April’s winners are:

  • Eric G. - Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month
  • Stephen C. & Jason E. - Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month
  • Honorio G. - Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month
  • Allen M. - Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month
  • Mark W. - OTR Solo Driver of the Month
  • Bridgie C. & Lenette C. - OTR Team Drivers of the Month
  • Martin K. - OTR Owner Operator Driver of the Month
  • Crucito C. - Trainer of the Month
  • Bob M. - Variant Driver of the Month

 


Join us in giving a big congratulations to all these folks for their hard work, dedication, and attitudes as they help keep us moving goods better every day.

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