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Report: #401211

Complaint Review: Heartland Express - Iowa City Area Iowa

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  • Reported By: Oviedo Florida
  • Heartland Express Iowa City Area, Iowa U.S.A.

Heartland Express After being w/them for over two (2) years as an owner operator, with no accidents, tickets, license points, or late deliveries, they let me go over a misunderstanding/miscommunication Iowa City Area Iowa

*Consumer Comment: YOU STILL BE ELGIBLE FOR A 15 OR 20 YEAR RETIREMENT!

*Consumer Comment: see there is better

*Author of original report: update

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What happened was that my dispatcher sent me information about a Pre-Plan, whereby I would end up likely getting very low miles for the day. Even though I would have been ready to roll mid-morning with 10 full hours HOS driving available, Instead of getting a good miles trip, I was to pick up a load much later in the day, go to a truckstop with it, and wait for another driver to pick it up and get the good miles for that load.

So I called the separate phone number for the dispatcher that specialized in auto parts loads, to ask him how long I'd have to wait (since my regular dispatcher was unable to tell me), and instead of simply telling the the wait time, he was peeved that I called for other than load acceptance, and hung up the phone on me. I immediately called my regular dispatcher, told him what happened, and asked if I should call the guy back. While I was doing this, the guy called my regular dispatcher's office, and apparently said I refused the load. My regular dispatcher heard this and said that he' didn't want to talk to me anymore, so I was taken off the load.

So a few days later, while I was at my terminal, the dispatcher supervisor called me in the office to tell me I was being let go because of that incident. Later that day, I called a driver's advocate type person at the company's main office to talk about the situation, at which time I was told that the company had "forced dispatch".

Well, never during orientation, nor during the 2+ years I was with the company, was I EVER told that there was forced dispatch, especially for owner-operators.

The good news is, that my new company has NO FORCED DISPATCH, and it is in writing!!!

Aufgeblassen
Oviedo, Florida
U.S.A.

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#3 Consumer Comment

YOU STILL BE ELGIBLE FOR A 15 OR 20 YEAR RETIREMENT!

AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Saturday, January 17, 2009
A FRIEND OF MINE WAS WORKING FOR A CERTAIN DAILY NEWSPAPER AND THEY TRIED TO GET HIM DECLARED MENTALLY INCOMPETENT SO THEY COULD FIRE HIM THE DAY BEFORE HE WAS SCHEDULED TO RETIRE TO THEY COULD CHEAT HIM OUT OF HIS RETIREMENT AND HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY.

THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE -- TO CHEAT LONGTIME EMPLOYEES OUT OF THEIR RETIREMENT.

WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT IN FOR YOUR RETIREMENT BEFORE THIS??

DID THEY OFFER RETIREMENT OR BENEFITS?

IF THEY DID, YOU NEED TO GET AN EMPLOYMENT LAWYER AND SUE THEM FOR WHAT YOU HAVE COMING TO YOU!

AMERICAN EMPLOYERS --ESPECIALLY TRUCKING COMPANIES AND PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD CONTRACTOR SERVICES MAKE ME SICK!!!!!
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#2 Consumer Comment

see there is better

AUTHOR: Objective1 - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2009
oh well thats life.. the day ANY company tells me what freight to pull in MY TRUCK WITH MY PLATES.. (forced dispatch) i hand them the payment book and say " you pay for it and ok" better luck in next company.. and remember your not a driver rather just a truck number!!!
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AUTHOR: Aufgeblassen - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Sunday, December 14, 2008
Oh, I almost forgot: they let me go EXACTLY one week before I was to qualify for my annual safety bonus, so the the whole thing smells very fishy!!!
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