ED Magedson – Founder
TMC Transporttmctransport.com Internet United States of America
I was hired by TMC right out of driving school like most drivers are. Tammy was my recruiter and she did tell me I would get a new truck once I completed company training. The catch is.... it was new to me since I never had one before. It was NOT new to the company and it was a mid roof not a condo like she said. I told her I had family that would want to go out with me from time to time and she said I would have a condo that had a second bunk. She showed me neat little brochures and there was even a truck that showed up at our school. It was tight as h*ll...nice and SHINY. It made a student driver drool.
Once I completed school I went to Iowa for company training. The hotel was nice, the training was informative, and the people I met were GREAT. The classroon training was alittle dry and hard to do but the actual load securment and tarping were invaluable. I thought this was going to be my job to retire from. BTW... the skidpad was a blast and thankfully I never had to use what I learned from there in real life. I also have NEVER lost a load on the road thanks to their training. Take the time to do it right and you will never have to apologize.
After training I went on the road with 2 different trainers, Kevin and Mike. Kevin had a flatbed and Mike had a covered wagon. I really can't recall much of what they "trained" me on except Kevin knew alot about p o r n and where the strip clubs were. Mike was alittle more laid back and we did have some good times on the road that were not p o r n related. It did seem like the miles I drove for both of them only helped them in their paycheck.
Now I get my own truck. This is where everything changed. I got my green midroof from the Indy yard as I lived in Cinci. Keep this in mind. It took days longer then expected and I stayed in a run down, crack w***e infested hotel waiting on it. It was right behind the Pilot off Exit 6 in Indy. When I finally did get my truck the adventure began. My "weekends home" consisted of getting to my house anywhere from 2 to 4 in the morning on Saturday. I was home Saturday, sleeping mostly, then I would leave on Sunday anywhere from noon to 3. Not exactly what I call home for the weekend. This was the norm for my hometime. As far as my loads went they were pretty much bottom of the barrel. I too sat in truckstops waiting for loads. It seemed strange since when I was in training my trainer and I didn't hardly wait at all for a load. it was always there. the short of it was that if your fleet manager didn't care much for you...you were at the bottom of his load list. Here is why John didn't like me. I wouldn't run illegal for him, it's that simple. I wouldn't dr. my logs and if i was out of hours he would have me fax copies of my logs into him and he would look at them and tell me how to fix them to have more hrs. There were times I would run 14 -16 hrs. a day just trying to keep up with what he wanted. Thats the "mental" part of TMC's game. I told the Safety Director about this and to this day I remember his response. "
I CAN'T TELL YOU TO DRIVE ILLEGAL BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET THE BIGGER LOADS YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO BE UNLOADED FIRST THING IN THE MORNING." That is what he said IN PERSON, IN IOWA, IN HIS OFFICE. I will call him out on this anytime he wants to relive it. I decided I would give it one more shot and tried to do it the way they wanted but eventually it got to much. I was running 2 log books just to keep up. NO ONE THERE CARED. John knew this as well. I finally got to a point that I couldn't do it anymore and called John and told him I would deliver the load on my truck to Michigan and then I would return my truck to Indy. He said I could not that, that I had to return it where I picked it up and that was Iowa. He also told me I would have to pay for my own bus ticket home from Iowa to Ohio. I asked him why since my wife could pick me up in Indy...they would get their truck back, their load would be delivered, and my DAC wouldn't be affected. He said he would call me back and let me know what I was to do. He called back in about an hour with a tow company on the phone and they came and towed the truck and trailer. On my DAC report it said that I quit under load (false), I abandoned my truck under load (false), I had multiple customer complaints (false), and I had broken freight claims (false). I never had a customer complaint that they told me of and the only incident of freight damage was a fire hydrant that was broke when it was loaded. That paperwork was turned in before I left with the load. They did a number on me when I wouldn't continue to run illegal for them. I filed a complaint with TMC and DOT but I never heard anything back from either. Must have been a nice cover up job in Iowa. I was even willing to take to punishment from DOT for the 2 logs.
That is the way it happened. It's documented on a report somewhere,at TMC and DOT. If you go to work for them just watch your back or atleast try to be one of John's good ol boys.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/20/2009 11:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/tmc-transport/internet/tmc-transport-anett-holdings-beware-of-tmc-transport-they-will-ruin-your-career-inter-497876. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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