Marines First to Cut Tuition Assistance

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From Newsroom America
By Jon E. Dougherty at 19 Oct 19:33

(Newsroom America) -- The Marine Corps has become the first U.S. military branch to cut college tuition assistance to its members, and the cuts are substantial, according to newly released figures., quoting an official Marine Corps education document, said the branch will reduce tuition reimbursement rates from $250 per credit hour to $175 per hour for undergraduate courses. Rates will also fall to $225 per credit hour for graduate level courses, and the overall annual tuition assistance limit has been reduced from $4,500 to $3,500 per fiscal year.

The reductions are no doubt part of the Pentagon's overall strategy of reducing its budget as lawmakers seek to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending over the coming years... Continue reading...

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Wanted: 400,000 Truck Drivers

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Reported by: Marci Manley, KARK 4 News
Thursday, November 03 2011

"I'm feeling pretty confident when I graduate I'll be ready to hit the road," he said standing in front of a big rig.

When the economy tanked, it cost Scott Harper his way of life.

"The company I worked for, a tire business, it shut down," he said. "It basically took a toll on us."

Now, he's on the way to getting a steady paycheck in an industry with high demand for those willing and ready to work.

"I've been hired by seven different companies, so I can just take my pick on who I want to go with," Harper said. "When you enroll in the Diesel Driving Academy they do a pre-hire application. Based on that, I already have a job when I leave here."

Joel Easley is a senior instructor at the Academy, and he said his students are in demand.

"There is a shortage of drivers. Drivers are needed.," he said.

"That's one of the major reasons I am this way, cause I knew there was a demand for drivers," Harper said.

Take a look at these numbers. Nationwide, approximately 400,000 truck driving positions are currently open.

In the Natural State, anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000 drivers need to be hired.

And your starting salary will be at least $35,000 a year.

"It's a good stable job that you can put food on your family's table and put a roof over your head," Easley said. "Even when the economy is in a crunch, trucks are still running. You'll see gasoline tanker trucks on the roads because this country is going to drive, and you're going to see refrigerated trucks because this country is going to eat. There's job security in that."

In a strapped economy, with thousands looking for a place on the payroll, a steady paycheck offers almost as much freedom as the open road.

Getting the certification can take several months, but there are programs from both employers and the state where you don't owe a dime in the end... Continue reading...



Werner Enterprises featured in Bloomberg article

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Allen Parker of Werner
Allen Parker, driver for Werner Enterprises, had to stop one delivery 15 miles short of the customer due to trucker work rules. Photo: Werner Enterprises
Werner Enterprises was recently featured in an Oct. 27 article, “Tired Truckers Versus Efficiency is Focus of Regulation Fight.”

The article, which appeared in the business wire conglomerate, Bloomberg, discussed the proposed Hours of Service (HOS) change by President Barack Obama’s administration who, according to the article, predicts the change will save billions of dollars in health-care costs, reduce accidents and add 39,000 jobs.

In the article, Derek Leathers, president and chief operating officer, and Steve Phillips, senior vice president of operations, dispute that.

Derek Leathers of Werner
“If we are continuously improving our accident rate as an industry, which we are, and fatalities are continuing to decrease, which they are, taking away this flexibility just doesn’t intuitively sound like a smart idea,” said Derek Leathers, president and CEO of Werner Enterprises. Photo: Werner Enterprises
Leathers said taking away flexibility isn’t a smart idea – given the industry has improved its accident rate and fatalities are continuing to decrease. Phillips said the Company expects the new HOS rule would mean a loss of between 3 and 5 percent in productivity and 5 to 7 million miles per year. Phillips also said the Company would have to purchase 50 to 60 new trucks and hire 120 drivers.

Allen Parker, a 24-year veteran of Werner Enterprises and a native of Fairbury, Neb., also was featured in the article. Parker experimented with the proposed change by driving 10 hours a day instead of 11 hours. He discussed the difficulties caused by the change – including stopping 15 miles short of a delivery, spending a half hour in a Wal-Mart parking lot because of a mandatory break, sleeping during the day, waking up at 2:30 a.m. to make deliveries and $5,700 in lost wages annually.


To read the full article, click here.


FMCSA Misses Deadline, HOS Rule Delayed

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On Friday, October 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the following statement regarding the publication of the Hours of Service regulations: “The petitioners have agreed to extend the October 28, 2011, deadline for publication of a final Hours of Service rule. FMCSA will continue to work toward publishing a final rule as quickly as possible. The parties to the settlement agreement will file their next status report with the Court on November 28, 2011.”

In a statement American Trucking Associations said it hopes the agency will “use the extra time to consider the overwhelming input it has received from thousands of drivers and law enforcement officers that the current rule is working. There’s no need to break something that’s not broken.”

For more information on the proposed hours-of-service change, visit


Digest Dispatch e-Newsletter - October 2011

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Welcome to your October issue of the Randall-Reilly Digest Dispatch e-Newsletter.

In this month’s issue, we highlight the driver shortage with the latest information and statistics from Truck Gauge, our new industry research product. We also examine the boom in social media and how Randall-Reilly is building products to connect with you and your potential drivers and owner operators

We continue to develop new solutions for our customers, including our monthly webinar series from Randall-Reilly editors and industry experts. For October, we highlight working with onboard recorders.

As always, we bring you recruiting and retention tips from nationally known speaker, teacher and trucking consultant Dan Baker. This month, Dan advises you to control what people hear about your company, and he emphasizes how to deal with differences among your drivers.

Click here to view your October issue of Digest Dispatch e-Newsletter.

The October 2011 Issue Includes:


Riding The Social Media Wave

Recruiting Tip of the Month

Retention Tip of the Month

November Webinar Focuses on Working With Onboard Recorders

Randall-Reilly Recruiting Media

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