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Well it's a typical story I guess. Was with a trucking company for 20 yrs. delivering to a large Fast Food Chain. Hurt my back had surgery. Was told if I continued handling this amount of freight I'd be a cripple in a few yrs. (also came down with angina a few yrs prior). Long story short went into the office for a about yr and half and got railroaded out. Took some time off then went back driving but this time deliverying lighter loads. Was hired for what's called a line haul. One stop to NYC area. (nobody wanted to do this run). Was told I was primary driver for this and permanant schedule of being first truck there. Shortly after boss tells me (divorced single female 25 yrs junior living with one of the drivers) the company accepted another applicant that she thought they wouldn't hire due to his driving record (do I sense personal info being told) so she thinks if would be fair if I would rotate weekly with this guy from being first truck to being later truck. As a new employee I was between a rock and a hard place. I agreed. First truck had the larger load of the two. Well once this other guy was trained and started to drive I noticed that when I got the second delivery I now had the larger load and when my turn for the first load came up I also got the larger load. This driver was also in his late 30's divorced also. After about a yr I couldn't take it so I kept complaining especially since this guy was screwing up big time. (taking wrong trailer several times). I ended up getting permanat first load he ended up saying he won't do that run anymore. New younger divorce driver hired at $50 a day more to replace the other guy. We end up losing the account to our other production facility. I'm told don't worry we have plenty of line hauls. I stay on and then am told I can't justify sending you on the shorter line hauls. Don't worry I won't give you more than 2 or 3 stops. WRONG sometimes I have up to 8 stops. Majority of which I have to unload vs. the new young guy that usually gets one or two stops. He usually works like 3-6 hrs vs. my 8-10 and we are also salaried drivers. This driver is a screw up also getting himself banned from several delivery locations. So the boss ends up sending him on less troublesome runs. During the really hot and humid days 90+ I keep getting larger runs or two trailers to deliver and unload. I reminded her I have angina and carry nitro and even though I pass my DOT medical exams working me like this could be harmful to my health. It goes in one ear and out the other. Some have said she knows you're near retirement and won't quit. Now I do my diliveries and don't have any problems performing my job normally it's mostly her giving the 20-30 yrs younger guys very short easy deliveries and me longer hard deliveries on days with excessive heat. We only have 10 drivers at our location but have a few hundred more at other locations. Our HR dept. is small and useless really. Next step is complain to the owner but if he doesn't react then my remaining yr or so could be a nightmare. The big problem is that to find another trucking job where I'm home everyday is hard. Most are over the road which I did 30 yrs ago when I started out. I'm not sure if the EEOC would really do anything or even consider it discrimination. With the economy being the way it is retiring at 62 might not be an option. I think I could continue doing this job till 65 but not at the increased workload she's putting on me.
Much more to what is going on there but it would turn into a book.
Bye the way not complaining about having to work. I don't have an issue with earning your pay. I have issues with bosses catering to younger junior worker giving them almost half the hours and work load for the same salary. Course her sister whom she hired to work in the office made a comment once to me that it's good for older people to work and be active. I made a comment a couple weeks ago after a heat wave. Was 104 outside don't know what it was in the trailer I know it was much more. She gave me two trailers to deliver and unload and I said I'm only human I'm not a machine and POOF everyday I had more work than before handed to me. No concern for a 61 yr old with angina. There are extremes I think.