June 13, 2012 |
The chief economist for the American Trucking Assn. says that job turnover rates for drivers at large, interstate fleets rose 2% in the first quarter of 2012 to 90%. That's the highest job turnover rate since the first quarter of 2008. But don't worry, it's apparently a good sign for the strength of the economy. The economist, Bob Costello, was referring to the latest numbers in his monthly Trucking Activity Report. Costello's report also said there was a huge, first-quarter employment turnover increase of 16%, to 71%, among smaller fleets with less than $30 million in annual revenue.
April 10, 2012 |
Diesel prices are at their highest level in nearly four years, topping $4 a gallon, but trucking company executive Fred Johring is taking it in stride. Johring's Golden State Express has bought low-emission, fuel-efficient diesel and natural gas rigs to comply with a clean-truck mandate at Southern California's twin ports — with the fortunate side effect of easing the pain of high-priced diesel. "We went from having one of the oldest local fleets to one of the newest," said Johring, whose Rancho Dominguez company sends trucks mainly on short-haul trips to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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December 13, 2011 |
Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked access to several major West Coast ports Monday in synchronized demonstrations that slowed business but fell short of what some protesters hoped would be a complete shutdown of coastal shipping. The protests stretched from San Diego to Anchorage, brought work to a standstill in Oakland and Longview, Wash., and led to the closure of a major marine terminal in Portland, Ore. Demonstrators caused smaller disruptions in Seattle and in Long Beach, where a driving rain and threats of arrest put a damper on an early morning picket line.
December 1, 2011 |
Living in the farther reaches of basic cable are a growing number of television series about what might be called "ordinary people" at work in what most of us would consider extraordinary jobs. It is lazily tempting, though not quite right, to describe these shows as redneck or blue-collar or rural, but they are mostly set away from big cities in places that -- apart from these shows -- you don't often see on TV: Southern places and prairie places and backwoods places. You can link their titles into a kind of poetical associative chain: "Ice Road Truckers," "American Joggers," "Lady Joggers," "Ax Men," "American Loggers," "Swamp Loggers," "Swamp Brothers," "Swamp People," "Swamp Wars" -- do you see a pattern emerging?
September 28, 2011
For years, L.A. labor and environmental advocates have been claiming that it would be impossible to clean up the diesel pollution that sickens residents near the Port of Los Angeles without phasing out the independent truckers who have traditionally picked up cargo there and replacing them with unionized employees. There's just one problem: Three years after implementation of the port's Clean Truck Program, during which the labor provision was blocked in federal court, it's now clear that this isn't true.
September 18, 2011
With her ridiculously high cheekbones and legs that seem to go on forever, actress Michelle Monaghan could easily spend her time playing parts that require little more than her model-quality looks. But the 35-year-old from the small town of Winthrop, Iowa, is not willing to settle for what Hollywood wants to send her way. After gaining attention opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 2005's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and turning in interesting roles in "Mission: Impossible III" and "Gone Baby Gone," Monaghan took her career into her own hands, learning to drive a big rig to play trucker Diane Ford in "Trucker," a tiny indie film that demonstrated she's more than a set of fabulous gams.