Shout Out to Certified Driver Trainer Tony P.

by Ashley Rhodes 14. December 2019 14:34

Certified Driver Trainers like Tony P. are crucial to ensuring that our drivers are equipped with the knowledge and experience they need to get behind the wheel. 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.

If you're interested in the rewards of being a trainer, there are paid classes every Sat - Mon. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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Become a Certified Trucker Against Trafficking Today

by Ashley Rhodes 13. December 2019 14:24

Did you know that victims of human trafficking are often found in locations frequented by truck drivers? These victims need our help, and that’s why U.S. Xpress has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a nonprofit organization that trains truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.

By learning how to identify the signs and report incidents of trafficking, you can play a vital role in rescuing victims. Since 2009, professional drivers like you have reported over 2,000 cases to TAT’s national hotline and freed over 1,000 people.

You can now help victims of human trafficking with a TAT-certification course that involves a 26-minute video, followed by a 10-minute quiz. 

You can access the training one of three ways:

• On www.USXpressway.com, there’s a direct link with a button titled “Professional Driver Development Site”.

• Or, if you’re already logged into U.S. Xpressway, you can find the Learning System listed under MY TOOLS.

• Or, you can go to our main website, www.usxpress.com. At the bottom of the main page, you can click “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” to access the new platform.

Once you’re in the Learning System, look for “Truckers Against Trafficking” in your list of assignments, and click on the video. 

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U.S. Xpress Driver Bryce R. Goes the Extra Mile for a Customer

by Ashley Rhodes 13. December 2019 09:35

Recently, we received a letter from a customer singing one driver’s praises for taking the initiative to clear their yard for them. Because it was a holiday week, the customer’s early morning shift wasn’t at work, which is who would normally clear the yard. Bryce insisted on moving the equipment for them after noticing that the amount of equipment in their yard was becoming a hazard. While this task is not part of Bryce’s job, he went the extra mile for this customer and they were extremely thankful that he did. “They said this was a huge help to their operations and that people who take the initiative go a long way with them,” said Transportation Manager Colby Cook. 

Way to go, Bryce! We’re so thankful to have professional drivers working with us who go the extra mile to be considerate and accommodating to our customers. 

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Driving through Mountains? Here are Few Things to Remember

by Ashley Rhodes 12. December 2019 16:19

Mountain regions are beautiful to drive through at any time of the year, but they can also be hazardous. Severe conditions like fog, snow, ice, high winds, and mudslides can occur without warning. But by being aware and prepared, you can stay safe. 

When driving on steep grades, make sure to use lower gears, jake brakes, and foot brakes to control your speed. If you do lose control of your speed, don’t be afraid to use an emergency run-off.

As always, if road conditions are hazardous and you cannot safely drive, park your truck and send a satcom message to your Fleet Support Manager/Account Supervisor as soon as possible.

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DriverTech Network Maintenance on Friday, December 13

by Ashley Rhodes 12. December 2019 14:15

On Friday, December 13, 2019, starting at 11pm MST, DriverTech will be performing network maintenance. This process is expected to take no longer than 4 hours to complete, but messages to and from your DriverTech unit will be interrupted (you will not receive new dispatches, pre-assignments, or another messages) during this maintenance window.

If you have any questions about this network maintenance, please contact DriverTech Support by calling 844-879-7737, option 6, then option 2.

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Last Chance to Enroll in the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

by Ashley Rhodes 11. December 2019 13:42

There are only a few days left to enroll in the new Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). Now until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, December 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, or previous enrollee can make changes to their current contribution.

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 (December 1-15 and June 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 Company will use funds that have been deducted from your paycheck to purchase shares at a 15% discount off 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 https://usxpress.solium.com 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.

Visit www.USXpressway.com for more detailed information, including a handy graphic that explains the process.

See below or contact the HR Service Center at hrservices@usxpress.com or 1-844-USXPRESS (Option #7)

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Update Your Address Today!

by Ashley Rhodes 11. December 2019 11:51

Did you go through a move this year? Make sure you have updated your mailing address with us to avoid the possibility of not receiving important documents and potentially paying too little or too much on state income taxes.

If U.S. Xpress does not have your correct contact information, important documents, such as W-2’s, 401k updates or benefit plan information, may be sent to the wrong address. In addition, state income taxes may be calculated, deducted and reported incorrectly. These situations could result in compromised personal information, delayed receipt of important documents, paying taxes to the wrong state or even paying more taxes than needed.

Updating your contact information is simple. Here’s how to do it:        

- Visit USXpress.com and select “Employee Self Service” in the bottom left-hand corner of the page.

·      -  Enter your employee ID and password will to log in. If you have never logged in before, your password will be the last four digits of your social security number, two-digit month of birth and two-digit year of birth (example 12340160).

·       - Once logged in, you can review all of your contact information and if anything is incorrect, you may easily change it through the employee self-service page or by contacting the HR Service Center by phone (800/670-1915; x257510) or email (hrservices@usxpress.com).

If you’ve moved to a new state, you will additionally need to update your tax paperwork to ensure you are paying taxes to the correct state. To do so, contact the HR Service Center to have the appropriate tax documents sent to you via mail or email to fill out, sign, and return to us.

Thank you for your assistance as we work to protect you and your personal information!

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Complete Your Winter 2019 Training Assignments by February 7, 2020

by Ashley Rhodes 10. December 2019 10:22

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. 

Check our Facebook @usxpressdrivers and/or Instagram @us.xpressdrivers for weekly chances to win a $50 paycheck bonus for correctly answering pop quiz questions on each training module!

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

Thanks for driving with us!

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Make a Referral. Make Easy Money.

by Ashley Rhodes 8. December 2019 14:38

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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Remembering Pearl Harbor Today

by Ashley Rhodes 7. December 2019 10:23

Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan, launching the U.S. into World War II. 

Each year on December 7, Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the service members and civilians who were killed during the attack. U.S. Xpress honors both the survivors and the fallen today.

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