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ATA Pledges to Create Greater Opportunities in Trucking Association Pledges to Enroll At Least 50,000 People in Enhanced Career Programs
Arlington, Virginia — Today, leaders from the American Trucking Associations pledged that the trucking group would provide at least 50,000 people enhanced career opportunities as part of today’s Trump administration announcement to provide pathways to better careers for a half a million Americans.
“ATA is proud to be part of this effort to provide enhanced career opportunities to hard-working Americans. Our nation’s economy depends on our trucks moving goods from ports, factories and farms to stores and homes – and we depend on the millions of men and women who drive those trucks, maintain those trucks, load and unload those trucks and route those trucks,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We appreciate President Trump and Secretary Acosta making this a priority and having the vision to follow through with today’s executive order. We hope that through this workforce development effort, we will be able to connect more Americans to family-supporting incomes and address the persistent shortage we face in attracting enough well-trained workers to our industry. The economy is strong and unemployment is low, but there are critical shortages of skilled workers in sectors of the economy, like truck drivers, technicians and mechanics. We support these efforts to help ensure Americans have the skills and training needed to support the modern economy.”
ATA was represented at today’s White House event by past ATA Chairman Dan England, chairman of the board at C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City.
“C.R. England believes in providing hard-working Americans a path to a better life,” England said. “That’s why we work so hard at our driving schools and training facilities, giving people a place to learn important and valuable skills that can keep our industry and our economy moving.
“Our industry is under constant pressure to bring in new drivers and new technicians to replace an aging workforce and to keep up with the demands of a modern, just-in-time economy,” he said. “Today’s announcement underscores our commitment, and ATA’s commitment, to doing all we can to provide opportunities for careers in trucking.”
At today’s announcement, ATA pledged to offer enhanced career opportunities to 10,000 people a year, every year, for the next five years, bringing the total commitment to 50,000.
As professional truck drivers, we play a large role in keeping the roadways safe for not only ourselves, but for the general public as well. To monitor the safety of transportation companies and drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created the CSA program. CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, and Accountability—all areas that help each of us be high quality drivers.
Why is it Important?
When looking at new driver candidates, many carriers will utilize FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), which allows them to review your CSA score during the hiring process. Accidents will stay on your CSA record for five years and any violations found during a roadside inspection will stay on your record for three years. Having a poor CSA score with inspection violations can affect your career opportunities, which could in turn impact your future earning potential. If you were to have any serious CSA unsafe driving violations listed on your PSP, it could make finding employment opportunities more difficult. It is important to maintain a clean CSA record to ensure you are able to succeed in your career. That reason alone should motivate you enough to eliminate unsafe driving violations.
How to Maintain a Clean Inspection Record
Maintaining a clean CSA score starts with getting clean inspections. The following tips are very simple and will help you pass your roadside inspections. Not only that, they will also make you a better, safer driver, which is beneficial for everyone. When entering a weigh station, remember the following:
Read and obey each traffic sign
Always wear your seatbelt
Never use any handheld devices while behind the wheel
Obey posted speed inside or outside the weigh station (these violations are subject to disqualification)
As a bonus benefit to passing inspections, weigh station scale bypasses are granted more frequently when a company’s CSA score is better – your performance impacts all of your fellow drivers!
Remember, any violation found during a roadside inspection will stay on your CSA record for 3 years. You put a lot of effort into receiving your CDL, so don’t let a poor inspection negatively impact your career. Ensure you have the most profitable career possible by avoiding all unsafe driving violations.
D-Day was June 6th, 1944: 160,000 Allied Force troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in Northern France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the invasion. The cost in lives was high, but it worked. Allied Forces gained a foothold in France, began to push the Nazi army back, which finally brought WWII to an end in Europe.
In order to fight (and win) day after day, American armies needed supplies at the front. They needed fuel, food, medical supplies, and ammunition to keep up the fight against the Germans. They were burning through 800,000 gallons of gas per day. But, there was no logistical system in place to get the supplies to the front. Rail was not an option. Allied Forces had bombed the railroads to keep the Germans from using them, and there was nothing even remotely like the modern highways that exist today. General Patton’s tanks literally ran out of gas and ground to a halt. Times were desperate.
Trucks to the rescue! In late August of 1944, in a 36-hour brainstorming session with American commanders, the Red Ball Express was created. The term “Red Ball” came from the railroads. Back in 1892, the Santa Fe Railroad started using the term to refer to express shipping for priority goods and perishable freight. The term grew in popularity and became associated with any kind of expedited freight.
In the Summer and Fall of 1944, more than 6,000 Red Ball Express trucks and trailers transported over 412,000 tons of supplies to American armies as they pushed the Germans back across France. Driving only at night, under cover of darkness, hundreds of Red Ball Express drivers rumbled toward the war front. They used blackout running lights and constantly scanned the skies for enemy aircraft. Most Americans have probably never heard of the Red Ball Express, but without it, and the bravery of those drivers, Allied Forces would have been quite literally stuck in the mud, unable to continue the long slog that ultimately resulted in German defeat.
Even Americans who have heard of the Red Ball Express probably don’t know that 75% of the drivers were African-American soldiers. The U.S. Army was segregated back then. Even though African-American troops were relegated to support units – driving trucks, working as mechanics, and serving in port battalions loading and unloading ships – history shows that their bravery and unflinching devotion to the war effort is what made the difference in the critical months after D-Day.
These days, most Americans don’t know how the products they buy everyday get to the store. They just know it will be there when they need it – food to feed their families, diapers for their babies, everyday household items, and supplies to run their businesses. But, those of us in the trucking industry know how those products get to market. We see the hard work and sacrifice of millions of truck drivers across the country who, much like those soldiers who drove the Red Ball Express trucks, drive through the day and the night to get vital supplies to the front of the American economy.
This July 4th, as we celebrate Independence Day, let’s all take some time to remember the brave soldier drivers of the Red Ball Express. Without them, we might not be celebrating the 242nd Birthday of the United States of America this year. Let’s also take the time to show our appreciation to our C.R. England drivers and the contribution they make to the success of this country we are blessed to live in.
We’ve made it through the winter and the roads ahead are clear of ice and snow, but that doesn’t mean we should relax behind the wheel. The summertime presents its own challenges that we should be aware of and they require just as much skill and attentiveness as winter driving.
The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day have been dubbed “The 100 Deadliest Days” on the roads across the country. A lot of us let out a big sigh of relief once the winter months have passed and as a result, we let our guard down. We often perceive driving during the summer months to be less risky than the winter months, so we are less alert, drive faster, and allow ourselves to become distracted. Additionally, rising temperatures, increasing number of people on the road, and more construction can present challenges to truck drivers. However, as professional truck drivers, we should never let our guard down and be even more alert during the summer months. Here are 5 tips to follow to drive safe this summer:
Watch for Extra Drivers
Like a bear coming out of hibernation, the summertime brings the most drivers than any other season. Kids are out of school, families are hitting the road for their summer vacations, and people are more willing to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. These recreational drivers may be unfamiliar with the roads they are driving on, which can oftentimes lead to erratic and dangerous driving. Remember to not drive aggressive, stay alert, and always keep a safe following distance.
Be Cautious in Work Zones
Roadwork increases during the warmer months, meaning changing road patterns, loose rubble, and slower speeds. When approaching road construction, follow the standard driving 5 mph under the flow of traffic in construction zones to give yourself the space and sight you need to respond to quick stops or other hazards. Rear-end accidents are the most common type of accident in construction zones.
Also, others will be trying to get around you at the entrance and when leaving the zone – slow down early, get in the proper lane and stay there, increase your following distance, and don’t change lanes until you are clear of the zone.
Know the Weather
While it may be hot and dry in parts of the nation, other areas experience ever-changing weather during the summer months. Summer can bring storms, floods, and high winds one minute, and the next, sunshine and blue skies. Make sure that you are aware of what the weather could bring in the areas ahead of you and be prepared. Don’t let a sudden summer rainfall catch you off guard.
Check Your Brakes
Summer’s hot temperatures can lead to brake fading or the loss of friction when brake components can’t absorb any additional heat on cars. However, on a tractor, heat on brakes is not from the temp of the air or highway reflection; it’s from improper adjustment. Check your brakes each day and keep them in adjustment – especially before operating on long downhill grades. Always check your brakes to make sure they are functioning properly.
While the air conditioning in your truck may help you feel cool, you are still at risk for dehydration. Being dehydrated can leave you feeling sick and fatigued, which could be dangerous. Keep a bottle of water with you at your seat and have an extra in your truck just in case. Strive to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
Summertime can be fun and relaxing, but don’t let that change what you do behind the wheel. Even without snow and ice, you should always be alert to the challenges the summer months can bring. Using these tips will help you have a fun and safe summer.
Yesterday marked the first official day of summer, which means sunshine and good times. But as a truck driver, have you ever thought about if your windows protect your skin from UV rays?
Maybe you’ve seen that photo of a truck driver that went viral a few years ago whose left side of her face was noticeably wrinkled and sun damaged from her 28 years of truck driving. If you are wanting to avoid that same situation, it’s important to know what UV rays are and how they can affect you while driving.
According to skincancer.org, there are two types of ultraviolet rays that cause skin damage- UVA and UVB. UVA rays are less intense than their counterpart, but account for 95% of all UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface and are 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin causing damage in the deep layers of your skin that result in aging and wrinkling. They are abundant during all sunlight hours and throughout the whole year, even making its way through the clouds.
UVB rays are more intense than UVA and cause sunburns, damaging the skins top layers. They are most rampant from 10 am – 4 pm April to October, but reflect off of surfaces such as snow and ice.
Protected by Glass?
So here’s the real question, do the windows on tractors stop both types of ultraviolet rays? The answer is no. Unfortunately for truckers and motorists alike, there is still a risk of damaging your skin even when inside your vehicle. Glass is able to block UVB rays and luckily for us, windshields are specifically treated to block both UVA and UVB rays. However, side windows do not protect against UVA rays. This means that your left side of your body (if you are driving) is unprotected from 95% of all UV radiation and puts you more at risk for skin damage and skin cancer.
So what? It can’t really make that big a difference, right? Wrong. When driving, the left side of our bodies receive six times more UV radiation than right side of our bodies! Over time this can result in a higher risk for brown “age” spots, wrinkles, and cancers like melanoma.
Sunscreen: Take your mother’s advice from childhood and always wear sunscreen! Even when in your truck, be sure to slather on that sun protection. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and look for products with UVA blocking ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, stabilized avobenzone, and ecamsule. If you’re not a fan of reading product ingredients, watch for “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB” labeled sunscreens. And don’t forget to reapply every two hours!
Clothing: An easy way to protect your skin from UVA rays is to not let them even touch your skin. Keep a light jacket and a hat in your truck that you can wear to protect your arms, face, head, and neck from the sun.
Sunglasses: Find some cool sunglasses and protect those eyes! UVA and UVB rays can cause cataracts and damage the delicate skin around your eyes. Keep your vision strong and wear sunglasses when driving during daylight hours.
Get Tested: Don’t forget to visit your dermatologist to get a skin exam once a year. They will be able to check for the early signs of skin damage and keep your skin in a healthy condition.
Avoiding the sun is impossible, especially as a truck driver, but that doesn’t mean you have to put yourself at risk for skin cancer or skin aging. Take protective measures, always keep sunscreen with you, and enjoy the sun!
C.R. England and England Logistics Reach 500,000 Donated Meals In Commitment to Fund One Million Meals for Children
SALT LAKE CITY June 19, 2018 – C.R. England, and England Logistics, have reached the half-way mark of their goal of donating one million meals for children in 2018.
The milestone was reached early Thursday morning, June 14, as part of the “One Initiative,” a campaign that invites company employees, customers, carriers, and freight agents to join the fight against childhood hunger.
C.R. England and England Logistics have implemented a donation structure that converts profits earned from any business service at either company into meals for children in need. For instance, for every load C.R. England delivers, they donate a meal to a food bank of the delivery driver’s choosing. Similarly, for every load that England Logistics brokers, a donation toward a meal is provided. The One initiative’s efforts are focused on food banks in communities where their employees live and work. Every donation leads directly to a food-insecure child receiving a meal.
The One initiative is founded on the idea that through a united effort, a nationwide difference can be made to benefit children in need. For more information or to donate, visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc., is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.
About England Logistics
England Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of C.R. England, is one of the nation’s top freight brokerage firms and offers a vast portfolio of non-asset based transportation solutions, including full truckload services, intermodal, dry and cold chain LTL, parcel, global logistics, and complete supply chain management. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, the company also has offices in Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Greeley, CO; and Portland, OR. For more information, visit www.englandlogistics.com.
Can you image what half a million smiling faces looks like? What about a million? We like to picture this every day as we work towards our goal of feeding one million hungry children in 2018 through the One Initiative. At C.R. England, for every load we successfully deliver, we will donate a meal to one of our 19 food bank partners and their programs that specifically benefit children in need.
On June 14th, 2018, we surpassed our halfway point and provided a nutritious meal to over 500,000 children in the U.S.! We are thrilled with this milestone and this puts us well ahead of our goal to double that number and provide one million meals to children by the end of 2018.
Why the One Initiative is Important
No one enjoys the pains of hunger, and in this great country of ours, it is unacceptable to have so many children who are food insecure. In the U.S., 13 million children are unsure of where there next meal will come from; that’s one in six children. The lack of proper nutrition in a child’s early years could lead to poor performance in school, behavioral issues, long-term poor eating habits, increased risk of obesity, and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and asthma. We believe that proper nutrition sets children up for a bright, exciting future. As we all work to raise our next generation of leaders, workers, and entrepreneurs, we want to make sure that they are provided with the proper nutrition and not worrying about where their next meal will come from.
What Half a Million Means
500,000 meals is a lot, but how much a difference does it really make? Let’s put this into perspective. 500,000 meals is enough to provide a meal to each student at roughly 1,108 elementary schools or 869 middle schools in the United States. Or, 500,000 meals is a sufficient amount for every single child in the state of New Mexico to have a meal. Now that’s a lot of meals! 500,000 smiles and 500,000 full bellies.
In the next six and a half months, we plan to surpass our goal of feeding one million children. We recently rolled out our employee contribution program called One Pledge that allows all of our employees to contribute to the One Initiative in four major ways: volunteering time, enrolling in charitable payroll deductions, participating in internal fundraising events, and purchasing One branded apparel. Additionally, we created a group of employees at each of our major locations called the C.R. England Cares Teams, which will spearhead local charity events.
Of course, we could not make a difference in so many children’s lives without the help and support of our drivers, office staff, and the general public. Our drivers play a pivotal role in this Initiative by successfully delivering hundreds of loads each and every day. Our non-driver office staff help make those loads happen, they have volunteered with our food bank partners, put together fundraisers, held food drives, and have enrolled in payroll deductions. We truly are One United Against Childhood Hunger and can’t wait until we reach one million donated meals!
Recognizes Colonel Rayfel Bachiller, USMC (Ret.) with Veteran Award
June 8, 2018 (Salt Lake City) C.R. England has added four new drivers to its Honored Veterans Fleet and recognized Colonel Rayfel (Ray) Bachiller USMC (Ret.) as the third recipient of the C.R. England Honored Veteran Award. The recognitions took place on Friday, June 8 at the C.R. England corporate offices in Salt Lake City. Since 2014, C.R. England has been recognizing drivers with military service backgrounds and exemplary safety records in their Honored Veterans Fleet. There are currently 26 military veterans who make up C.R. England’s Honored Veterans Fleet. The newest members of the fleet include:
Corey Reed - Reed served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and was stationed both state side and throughout Europe. He was part of many missions such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Kosovo, Operation Mountain Shield, Support Hope, and Iraqi Freedom. Reed began driving for C.R. England five years ago but previously spent 11 years as an Independent Contractor and trainer. He is a team driver in the Dedicated JC Penney fleet. Originally from Arizona, Reed now lives in Price, Utah.
Jeff Brooks – Brooks is a team driver with Corey Reed on the JC Penney Dedicated fleet. Brooks served in the U. S. Marine Corps for four years as a heavy machine gunner and spent some of his time stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. Brooks attended an automotive and computers tech college and went on to become a mechanic. After working as a mechanic he decided to get his CDL and has been driving for 18 years, joining C.R. England in 2012. Brooks lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Arthur Martin – Martin served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as an air freight cargo specialist, as well as a hazmat material trainer at Sheppard AFB in Texas. During his service, he received four medals of commendation and served missions in Spain and Panama. Martin joined C.R. England in 1995 and since then has achieved over two million safe driving miles. He makes his home in Huntingburg, Indiana.
Anthony Holland – Holland served for two years in the U.S. Army as a carpenter masonry specialist and a combat engineer, stationed at Fort Hood, TX and in Germany. Holland joined C.R. England in 2017 and drives in the company’s Texas Regional fleet. Holland is from Cleburne, Texas.
Following the recognition of the new members of the Honored Veterans Fleet, C.R. England Chairman Dan England presented Colonel Bachiller with the C.R. England Honored Veteran Award. Bachiller follows two previous recipients of this annual award; Colonel Gail Halvorsen (USAF Retired), also known as “The Candy Bomber” (2016) and Brigadier General Christine Burckle, the first woman to serve as Commander of the Utah Air National Guard (2017).
Bachiller grew up in Washington, D.C. one of two children born to Filipino immigrants. As a Navy ROTC student at the University of Southern California, Bachiller joined the United States Marine Corps. During his 32-year tenure with the Marines assignments took him to 146 countries. He served in various capacities of leadership, including as an aide to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a military security representative and consultant for the Salt Lake City, Athens and Torino Olympics, and as a senior military advisor to the minister of defense of the Iraqi government. He is a self-taught tennis player, musician and artist and is a tennis coach at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. He is also recognized for teaching private tennis lessons since 2004 to neighborhood youth at no fee while at the same time instructing his tennis students on etiquette, citizenship, academics, and sportsmanship. Students are required to maintain As and Bs each semester they are in school. Bachiller’s wife Lisa is a retired Lt. Colonel (USMC Ret.) with over 20-years of active duty including multiple tours of duty to Iraq.
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com. To learn more about C.R. England’s goal of providing one million meals to children each year, visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.
Left to Right: Arthur Martin, Anthony Holland, Corey Reed, and Jeff Brooks
Many organizations have dedicated resources and time to fighting the battle against childhood hunger. As a result of their diligent work, there are various programs available to help hungry children. A few examples include federal food assistance programs such as The School Breakfast Program and The National School Lunch Program. Unfortunately, even school-based programs are not enough to combat this problem. This is where the One Initiative hopes to bridge the gap and provide assistance.
The One Initiative is a joint effort by C.R. England and England Logistics to fight childhood hunger and feed one million hungry children per year. To achieve this mission, both companies donate proceeds from completed business transactions to partnered food banks throughout the nation. These funds are dedicated to food bank programs that specifically benefit children in need.
The state of Utah works with local officials to offer meal programs for children. During school hours, eligible children receive a free breakfast and lunch powered by nutritional foods to ensure they get the right fuel for their bodies. Millions of children take advantage of these free meals every school day, but what about when school is not in session?
Many school districts offer additional free meals when children are not in class. This often consists of evening meals throughout the school year and daily meals during the summer break. As valuable as these programs are, they are not being utilized to their full potential in many places.
In Mississippi, for example, data shows a significant discrepancy between the number of children who get free lunch and those who actually take advantage of a free supper. The data shows that less than one in 100 qualifying children are eating a full meal at supper time. Among those who are utilizing the after-hours program, the majority choose snacks rather than a full meal.
Mississippi is not the only state where this happens. Similar problems are observed around the country, but the reason why isn’t clear. It could be that parents don’t want their children eating supper at the school. Another possible answer could be that parents are not aware that their children can get free meals for supper. Whatever the cause, it is clear that childhood hunger is a nationwide problem.
Picking up Where School Leaves off
It is our sincere hope that local food banks are being utilized when school programs are not. Through our partnership with food banks, the One initiative is dedicated to providing food insecure children with nutritious meal options. Our primary goal is to bring an end to childhood hunger. Whether children get their food from public schools or food banks, we want to ensure they have access to the food needed for a healthy childhood and future.
We encourage you to help us with the One initiative by utilizing C.R. England and England Logistics for your logistics services. By working with either of these two companies, you will also be playing a key role in feeding hungry children across the nation. Please visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com to find out how you can get involved.
May 25, 2018 (Salt Lake City, UT) – – C.R. England, one of the nation’s leaders in transportation solutions, has announced a multi-million dollar pay increase for drivers in the Over the Road Division (OTR). This represents the largest driver compensation increase in the 98-year history of the company and will impact approximately 60 percent of C.R. England’s driver force, now making all C.R. England driving jobs among the most competitive in the industry.
“C.R. England has always had a tradition of providing great jobs and great benefits for our employees,” said Chief Executive Officer Chad England. “In an ever-changing and increasingly competitive marketplace, this multi-million dollar investment in our drivers better positions us to attract not only those who come to us for training and are new to the industry, but seasoned and experienced drivers who want a proven career path. Great companies seek to continuously improve and this is another step in that direction for us and our drivers.”
The pay increase is just one illustration of the company’s position as a long-term career choice for drivers. C.R. England is an industry leader in length of haul and offers benefits such as top detention pay, referral bonuses, and competitive health insurance plans. C.R. England also offers significant long-term career opportunities not only in OTR, but in Training, Dedicated, Regional, and Intermodal Divisions as well.
Additionally, C.R. England drivers and office employees are part of the company’s overall commitment to help feed one million children each year through partnerships with local food banks nationwide. Through the One Initiative, every delivered load provides funding to feed a hungry child. Through May, almost 500,000 meals have been provided to food banks.
“This pay increase, along with many other driver-focused improvements, demonstrates our commitment to strengthening our OTR driving jobs and marks a notable investment in our valued driver force,” said Brandon Harrison, Chief Sales Officer. “All of our drivers are now among the highest paid in the industry. As our fleet managers have been sharing the news with our drivers, we are excited about how it is being enthusiastically received. It is truly a New Day at C.R. England!”
This pay increase will go into effect Thursday, May 31, 2018.
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.