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Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Settles Owner-Operator Lawsuit for $100 Million

Mar 18, 2019 / News Item
Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay a $100 million settlement to an estimated 20,000 owner-operator truck drivers who alleged in a federal class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 that they were misclassified as independent contractors and not paid the legally required minimum hourly wage. The lawsuit, originally filed in the Southern District of New York, was transferred in 2010 to federal court in the District of Arizona. It alleged that Swift, before its 2017 merger with Knight Transportation, had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The settlement agreement, filed with...
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Western Express Truckers Set Up for $3.8M Wage Settlement

Feb 8, 2019 / News Item
Company didn’t pay minimum wage, truckers say 4,200 members affected Western Express Inc. has agreed to pay out $3.8 million to a group of truckers to settle claims the company failed to pay them at least minimum wage. Judge William Campbell granted the preliminary approval to the settlement terms Feb. 7 at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The $3,825,000 settlement will affect approximately 4,200 Western Express truckers. The drivers, led by David Harmon, accused the company in April 2014 of not paying adequate wages during...
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Law Puts Big Retailers on the Hook for Pay Owed to Truckers A New Wrinkle in Wage Battles

Jan 10, 2019 / News Item
For years, truck drivers hauling billions of dollars of clothing, appliances and other consumer goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have complained about rampant wage law violations by the trucking firms that hire them. The alleged abuses include failing to pay minimum wages and overtime. But even when truckers’ claims have been upheld by state authorities, often they have found it nearly impossible to collect back wages from recalcitrant employers. Now a new law designed to put muscle into wage enforcement efforts is putting the likes of Walmart, Costco and Target on the hook...
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J.B. Hunt Settles Truck Driver Wage Lawsuit for $15 Million

Oct 9, 2018 / News Item
J.B. Hunt has reportedly settled a class-action driver wage lawsuit for $15 million after fighting the claims for more than a decade, a suit that has been cited in recent debates over when federal rules regarding driver work should pre-empt state regulations. The lawsuit was filed in 2007 over allegations that J.B. Hunt improperly skirted California’s meal and rest break rules and minimum wage laws for employees working in the state. The class-action represented as many as 11,000 J.B. Hunt employees. J.B. Hunt has not commented to HDT, or anyone else it seems, on the settlement. But David...
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Cal Cartage Ordered to Pay Workers $3.5M in Back Wages

Sep 18, 2018 / News Item
Long Beach-based logistics company Cal Cartage Co. was ordered to pay $3.5 million to more than 1,400 of its workers for violating labor laws. The order came from the U.S. Department of Labor and Wage Hour division which said the company owed its warehouse workers back wages as well as health and welfare benefits. * * * Earlier this year, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced his office had filed lawsuits against Cal Cartage and two other subsidiaries of NFI Industries, CMI and K&R Transportation, for allegedly misclassifying port truck drivers as independent contractors instead of employees...
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The Trouble With Trucking

Aug 11, 2018 / News Item
Want to understand how workers so often get a raw deal, even during a growing economy? Ask long-haul truckers. The economy is booming. The stock market is frothy. Corporations are earning record profits. Yet workers are getting minuscule raises that don’t make up for the rising cost of living. What gives? To understand how this disparity came to be, consider the plight of long-distance truck drivers. They spend weeks away from home, crisscrossing the country to keep store shelves stocked and the economy humming. The trucking industry complains it can’t find enough drivers. And yet the value...
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Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid

Jul 25, 2018 / News Item
Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes. A 2010 survey by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that, on average, long-haul truck drivers work 50 percent more hours than typical workers and regularly violate U.S. regulations limiting commercial driver work hours for safety reasons. Long working hours and intense economic pressure are important to everyday motorists, because the truck driver’s workplace is everyone’s roadway. Trucking casualties claim not only the lives of...
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XPO Logistics faces class action suit for driver misclassification

Feb 27, 2018 / News Item
The drivers claim they currently aren't even making living wages. Truck drivers at the largest port complex in the country filed a potential class action lawsuit against XPO Logistics Cartage in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday. Heart of the Issue At the heart of the issue is the employment classification of the company’s truck drivers. Currently the drivers are classified as independent contractors while the drivers are fighting to be categorized as employee drivers, which would mean an increase in pay and benefits. The truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach allege...
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C.R. England ordered to pay drivers $2.35M in another California labor law case

Dec 16, 2016 / News Item
C.R. England (No. 19 in the CCJ Top 250) has been ordered by a federal district court to pay 6,336 drivers a total of $2.35 million for failure to pay drivers minimum wage for all hours worked, including non-driving time, and failure to allow the drivers to take paid rest breaks, as California law requires. The Salt Lake City-based carrier says it will not comment on the litigation. The settlement was given a stamp of approval by a federal judge this week after the original order was issued Nov. 29. The case is another setback for carriers attempting to navigate California’s strict labor laws...
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Truck Stop: How One of America’s Steadiest Jobs Turned Into One of Its Most Grueling

May 10, 2016 / News Item
In the late ‘70s, most truckers had sizable paychecks, reasonable hours, and even political clout. I met Claudio at a Midwestern truck stop just before the Great Recession. At the time, I was a sociology grad student trying to understand how long-haul trucking had gone from one of the best blue-collar jobs in the U.S. to an industry one economist said consisted of “sweatshops on wheels.” And at the time, Claudio was puzzling over the number on the paycheck he had just received for the 80 hours he had worked over the course of seven days: $41.58. The reason Claudio was angry and frustrated was...
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