It's a unsafe grind at Tyler Texas yard.
Pneumatic Tanker Op/Driver, Tyler Texas - May 24, 2015
Been here at Tyler yard since last September. OK job at first. Went to Gonzales Texas some and went to wells some. Guaranteed 12 hours but not pressured and could take time and be safe. Since the bust what a change. Went from 4 on 2 off to 5 on 2 off. 12 hours not guaranteed anymore for folks unless you're in the Club. Now they do no wells. In 12 hours now you're supposed to load at mine, do good 15 minute pre, post and inter inspections plus get your two 15 minute breaks and 1/2 hour lunch stop in and go to Gonzales and back. No break from this grind. Most drivers only half way doing inspections and eating while driving and still not getting done in 12 hours. Add this grind to two hour commute and your quality of life becomes a joke. There is an upside. They have an inner circle we call the cool kids club. Wish I knew membership requirements I'd sure join if I had no conscience. Some weeks they sit at yard or do preloads and sit on their butts and get their 12 hours while us commoners keep grinding out 3000 per week. Management is either unaware or uncaring. Not sure which. If fronted they say there's no way to insure work load is distributed fairly. Hello, do they not know how to read a mileage production report or keep a roster of who had last pre load day and rotate those days around? Communication is practically non existent. They preach safety but they continue the grind. They're headed for a major accident. Not a matter of if but when. Hope I've found something else before it happens. I've already seen on my shift little cracks in the armor. Mental acuity is down from fatigue. Could be a really great job if they'd evaluate and address the communication and fairness issues. It gets old pulling others weight. Policies change with the wind and exceptions are made if your in the Club. Example: no more dispatchers occasionally doing a preload or a Gonzales once a month and rest of time dispatching and drawing driver hourly wages. That lasted until one of their club members needed to make more money. Dispatcher salary wasn't cutting it. I took job because I needed to be home with family medical issues. If I'd know it was gonna go this far south I'd of kept looking. In closing if you come here don't be too old or dark and expect any considerations. They have no interest our value in you. They have management style I thought had went out in the old ICC days. Drivers are a piece of equipment like a trailer or truck. BTW-maintenance is poor and if you report defects in equipment they will continue to operate it until you just raise cain. This I've observed personally numerous times. THIS IS ONLY TYLER YARD. From conversations I've had with south Texas guys they seem to have it pretty good. Vent over.