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New Braunfels, TX 1-888-763-4833 10 • February 15-28, 2018 Nation TMAF launches first profiles on ‘Meet the Truckers’ featuring family stories Courtesy: TMAF Jeff Reed and his son Tate talk about the importance of trucking to the American economy. THE TRUCKER STAFF ARLINGTON, Va. — Trucking Moves America Forward has officially launched its first set of Web profiles on “Meet the Truckers.” The new dedicated webpage is designed to highlight both the professional and personal lives of truck drivers. The series is available on TMAF’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages. The Reed family, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is featured in the first profile. “I’m not sure if I chose trucking or if trucking chose me. Growing up, it’s all I knew and all I wanted to do,” Jeff Reed said in his profile. “See, trucking has been in our blood for generations. Our family has been working in the transportation industry for as long as we can remember. So, for my grandfather and his brother, trucking is all they knew and wanted to do, too.” The family’s venture into trucking began in 1954 when, following their dream, the Reeds gave up everything they had — they sold what they could and quit their jobs in the trucking and railroad industry — to purchase the trucking company Skyline Transportation in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the time, Skyline was a small carrier with only six trucks. The company served as a local interline trucking company, which operated within about 75 miles of Knoxville, serving the small surrounding communities during a time when the trucking industry was heavily regulated and many trucking companies could only operate in one state. Through hard work and dedication, Jeff Reed said the first generation of Skyline Reeds grew the business to operate within a 200-mile radius of Knoxville. The second generation of Reeds — Jeff Reed’s, father W.H. Reed Jr. and his uncle Robert (Bob) Reed — guided the company through the period of government deregulation. During that time, Skyline expanded service across Southeast states, including Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina and Alabama. When his father retired in the late 1990s, Jeff Reed and his brother W.H. Bill Reed III took over the family business and Skyline became a major competitor in the southeast regional LTL market, “but we were always thinking of ways to continue growing the business,” Jeff Reed wrote. In the early 2000s, the Reeds shifted Skyline from the LTL sector to the full truckload sector, and quite literally started from scratch like their grandfather did. “Once again, with only six trucks and a tremendous amount of drive and work ethic instilled in us from the previous two generations of Reeds, we successfully established and grew Skyline as a high-quality truckload service provider,” Jeff Reed said. Now, Skyline covers service for the eastern half of the United States. To read Jeff Reed’s blog, go to http:// The company has 128 trucks and 120 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. 8 Stop being just a truck number. Bring your career to Skelton Truck Lines. Make more money and enjoy a better quality of life. We Require: 3 Years Driving Experience Hazmat Endorsement Passport or enhanced CDL Good MVR Clean Criminal Record NoW HiRiNg Team Owner-Operators & Team Company Drivers We Pay: Fuel Surcharges Safety Incentives 3cpm Pickups/Deliveries Company Promo Clothing Medical Company Paid Insurance US/Canadian Border Crossings Layover/Waiting Time 401k Contributions Paid Orientation Owner-Operator Teams average $1.80/hub mile Company Teams average $0.76/hub mile Call or e-mail Lesia Shyshko: 800.387.9796 ext.231 • Or Call Senior VP Ron Skelton: 647.828.1178 or fax your information to 905.895.1314 Nation February 15-28, 2018 • 11 L.A. city attorney files lawsuits against port carriers alleging they misclassified drivers THE TRUCKER STAFF LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says that his office has filed lawsuits against three Port of Los Angeles trucking companies alleging each has engaged in a scheme to misclassify truckers working in their employ as “independent contractors” instead of “employees” in order to evade their obligations to provide benefits and pay relevant taxes, and shift operating costs. “We allege these port trucking companies take advantage of hundreds of hardworking drivers, requiring them to pay onerous expenses just to do their jobs, while leaving them without basic benefits and protections — all to boost the companies’ profits,” Feuer said. “It’s wrong, and we’re fighting to stop it.” “In late November, the Council’s Trade, Travel and Tourism committee held a special field hearing at the Port of LA to hear firsthand from truckers and warehouse workers about labor abuses, wage theft and poor working conditions at trucking and warehouse companies operating at the nation’s largest shipping port,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “As chairman, I pledged to do all I could to put an end to the modern-day sharecropping that is taking place on public property, and asked our city attorney to explore all possible legal options. I commend the City Attorney for dedicating the resources of his office to addressing this problem, filing this lawsuit and fighting on behalf of the people of California, who deserve a fair competitive marketplace where no company is allowed to gain an unfair advantage by exploiting human beings for the sake of corporate profits.” CMI Transportation LLC (CMI), K&R Transportation California LLC (K&R) and Cal Cartage Transportation Express LLC (Cal Cartage), three trucking companies operating in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, are each named in three separate lawsuits. The companies rely on fleets of truck drivers to provide short distance transit of cargo between the ports, railyards and warehouses. The lawsuits allege that the companies purposely classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid paying employee benefits, such as unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, and reimbursement for thousands of dollars of business expenses. Allegedly misclassifying drivers also allows each company to avoid paying applicable California taxes, instead shifting this responsibility to the drivers, the suit alleges, noting that while these companies increase their profits, drivers may take home as little as a few cents in a work period. CMI, K&R and Cal Cartage each allegedly exert near complete control over their drivers’ assignments and details of their work — the most significant factor in determining if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under California law. The companies allegedly make assignments, unilaterally set the rates they pay drivers and retain and exercise the right to terminate drivers without cause. Feuer said each of the companies exerts further control over their drivers by allegedly utilizing a leasing scheme for trucks, which pushes their associated costs to the drivers. The terms of the leases allegedly place strict quotas on drivers’ workloads and, in practice, substantially restrict the ability of drivers to take the truck with them if they are terminated or want to pursue other opportunities, the lawsuit alleges. Thus, drivers are essentially forced to continue working for these companies or risk losing their significant investment in their trucks, the lawsuit concluded. 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