Swift Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Independent Contractors

Feb 1, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Heavy Duty Trucking

Getman Sweeney, a law firm in New Paltz, N.Y., has filed a class action suit against Swift Transportation and Interstate Equipment Leasing Co., alleging the mistreatment of truckers and misclassification of workers as "independent contractors." The case claims the companies misclassified workers and then deducted a variety of charges from their ...

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SWIFT LIES

Providence, UT

#42 Feb 24, 2011
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey wrote:
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That's laughable-700 failures.OK 699 are BONA FIDE or legit in your words. The only one with 100% success is Swift with their FLEECE-PURCASE program.You may not like it;but, SWIFT LIES speaks the truth regarding Swift.Click on the link from my previous post:)
Swift doesn't have thosands of sucess stories with O/O. Their frieght team is not nearly as big as they have claimed it is. They have always had more O/O trucks than drivers yet report how many trucks there are. And thats only 700 that have filed suit there are many more that have not that were burned. You forget the OOIDA or Owner Operater Independent Drivers Association initiated the lawsuit over countless report of them breaking the law. The lawyers representing them have spent a furtne and have yet to see a dime from any driver. The industry supports this lawsuit because Swift is in violation of Industry laws that the OOIDA encouraged Congress to pass in the 1980's. These laws were passed to protect drivers from companies abuseing them. However, Swift has failed to follow these laws and is being sued over many violations includeing failing to pay minimum wage. Defend them all you want. Industry leaders are the ones push for the industry to be ran legaly!
Owner-Op

Eastland, TX

#43 Feb 24, 2011
Hey guys, All I am saying is that just because a lawsuit is filed, It does NOT mean it is actual.

I have talked to many O/O's and shop workers. I don't hear the things that you have described.

I am a moron and an idiot?? I will accept that as a compliment. If a moron or an idiot can actually make it at swift, what does that make the ones who didn't? Kinda goes against your point doesn't it??intellegent debate tactic.

Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Denver, IN

#44 Feb 25, 2011
SWIFT LIES wrote:
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Swift doesn't have thosands of sucess stories with O/O. Their frieght team is not nearly as big as they have claimed it is. They have always had more O/O trucks than drivers yet report how many trucks there are. And thats only 700 that have filed suit there are many more that have not that were burned. You forget the OOIDA or Owner Operater Independent Drivers Association initiated the lawsuit over countless report of them breaking the law. The lawyers representing them have spent a furtne and have yet to see a dime from any driver. The industry supports this lawsuit because Swift is in violation of Industry laws that the OOIDA encouraged Congress to pass in the 1980's. These laws were passed to protect drivers from companies abuseing them. However, Swift has failed to follow these laws and is being sued over many violations includeing failing to pay minimum wage. Defend them all you want. Industry leaders are the ones push for the industry to be ran legaly!
Did you even read my post.I acknowledged that you are correct-I said SWIFT LIES speaks the truth concerning this carrier.The only one making the big $$$ on Fleece-Purchase deal again is Swift! That's not defending them.The carrier is making the $$$ rather than the lease operator in the majority of cases.Read it again!
Someone

Simpsonville, SC

#45 Feb 25, 2011
Wonders why people want to argue about things that doesn't concern them? If you feel that Swift is a bad company leave then go to another company. Why stay and complain and moan?
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Denver, IN

#46 Feb 25, 2011
Someone wrote:
Wonders why people want to argue about things that doesn't concern them? If you feel that Swift is a bad company leave then go to another company. Why stay and complain and moan?
Eveybody just putting in their 2 cents.I don't give 2 shiites if you din't like it pal.This is the internet,especially TOPIX-the YouTube (StupidTube) of news blog sites.You don't like it,don't read the posts and visit another website.FYI: I don't work for Swift nor would I ever consider leasing with them as O/O.I am leased to a 100% O/O carrier with ZERO company drivers to compete with for loads.Not even a matter of arguing-matter of fact if you look at the majority of driver viewpoints at other carriers RE:Swift Transportation (company/lease driver).This carrier does not enjoy the most favorable rep,except amomg its mgmt and most ardent cheerleader-lackey drivers!(could work driver recruiting)
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Denver, IN

#47 Feb 25, 2011
Owner-Op wrote:
Hey guys, All I am saying is that just because a lawsuit is filed, It does NOT mean it is actual.
I have talked to many O/O's and shop workers. I don't hear the things that you have described.
I am a moron and an idiot?? I will accept that as a compliment. If a moron or an idiot can actually make it at swift, what does that make the ones who didn't? Kinda goes against your point doesn't it??intellegent debate tactic.
Well you said it and not me-UR a moron and idiot to argue with total strangers who don't give 2 shiites about you or Swift.Hell,people just putting in their 2 cents worth opinion.If you like their sorry ass mgmt-stay with Swift.It's your life not mine.I am happy where I work and don't feel the need to brag about inflated and fictional earnings.No way to verify yours or anyone's claims to fame via inernet,especially TOPIX.COM No debate nor doubt about it: Swift has never enjoyed a favorable rep among the majority of informed+experienced drivers,like it or not Mr Swifty:)
Someone

Simpsonville, SC

#48 Feb 26, 2011
Wonders why someone would waste their time to put in their two cents for a company they don't even work for??
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Lenox, MA

#49 Feb 27, 2011
Someone wrote:
Wonders why someone would waste their time to put in their two cents for a company they don't even work for??
Someone is NOBODY on TOPIX.COM . Why are you here wasting your time posting inane comments? You probably don't even have a CDL or even know anything about trucks or repective trucking companies.You can claim you have driven truck-NO verifiction.This is the internet where people claim all manner of experience.Again-I don't give 2 shiits if you don't like my comments. I will continue to post cautionary comments about Swift and any other carriers that don't enjoy the highest esteem in the trucking industry.If you don't like it-tough luck mofo!Read articles/comments elsewhere:-(
Someone

Simpsonville, SC

#50 Feb 27, 2011
I think someone has a vendetta huh? It's very sad that your so angry.
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Lenox, MA

#51 Feb 27, 2011
Someone wrote:
I think someone has a vendetta huh? It's very sad that your so angry.
UR another internet troll-real sad mofo telling other folks what they can or cannot post-nobody really cares.Deal with it.Worth a laugh just to read some of the foolishness posted here.FAQ=FU2:-)
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Shenandoah Junction, WV

#52 Feb 28, 2011
Someone wrote:
I think someone has a vendetta huh? It's very sad that your so angry.
What vendetta???Like you said,I don't even work for Swift-dumbass. You certainly don't have to work for a company to acquire some info about it.I have friends who are current and former Swifty drivers who definitely have first-hand experience.Doesn't change the fact of their poor repautation among expd. drivers.However,UR troll and not a driver.You made NO comments about Swift-only off-topic remarks how you feel folks are wasting their time on ths blog,providing their 2cents worth.Who the FUK RU? You definitely waste your own time being critical and offering no relevant facts or opinion about Swift.Next reply I only say:DEAL WITH IT MOFO:-)
Broke driver

United States

#53 Mar 3, 2011
Someone wrote:
Wonders why people want to argue about things that doesn't concern them? If you feel that Swift is a bad company leave then go to another company. Why stay and complain and moan?
Maybe it isnt that easy. Many companies dont allow large dogs and maybe the driver doesnt have any options like any money to live on till they get a paycheck from a new driver. You try making it each week with little or no paycheck, no home to go to. Knowing you can at least get advances so you can eat.
Broke driver

United States

#54 Mar 3, 2011
Sorry I ment new company
Someone

Duncan, SC

#55 Mar 3, 2011
Talk to your DM and FM to get on a dedicated account. That's usually where the money is.
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Guilderland, NY

#56 Mar 4, 2011
Broke driver wrote:
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Maybe it isnt that easy. Many companies dont allow large dogs and maybe the driver doesnt have any options like any money to live on till they get a paycheck from a new driver. You try making it each week with little or no paycheck, no home to go to. Knowing you can at least get advances so you can eat.
Absolutely correct-NOT easy making $$$ at Swift,as new compnay driver or especially as FLEECE-PURCHASE driver.Generic advice from SOMEONE(1st post focused on Swift discussion than OFF-TOPIC troll comments critical of other drivers' posts on this blog.)Maybe UR eligible for dedicated/regional jobs that may pay more.If UR company driver,get 6-12 Mos Min accident-free OTR Exp. and then bounce to a better paying job.If UR unfortunate enough as FLEECE-PURCHASE driver,you will have to complete your lease before signing on with another carrier.You need to keep UR credit clean and successfully exit your lease if you plan on buying/leasing trk with another carrier.I would strongly urge you to consider only 100% O/O Cos like LANDSTAR.COM ; DARTADVANTAGE.COM with NO company drivers to compete with.Check out CDLJOBS.COM or CLASSADRIVERS.COM BUBBAJUNK.COM for useful info on CDL jobs.Best of Luck-Driver!
SWIFT LIES

Providence, UT

#57 Mar 5, 2011
Broke driver wrote:
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Maybe it isnt that easy. Many companies dont allow large dogs and maybe the driver doesnt have any options like any money to live on till they get a paycheck from a new driver. You try making it each week with little or no paycheck, no home to go to. Knowing you can at least get advances so you can eat.
Guys this isn't a form for people the don't like SWIFT. This post is about the lawsuit OOIDA filed against Swift on the behalf of Owner operaters. This is more about Swift willfully violateing industry employment laws and useing control over driver illegaly. The problem is this is an industry wide problem and numerous Owner operaters from other companies have allready won multi million dollar setelments. This problem is very universal between compaines.
SWIFT LIES

Providence, UT

#58 Mar 5, 2011
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey wrote:
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Absolutely correct-NOT easy making $$$ at Swift,as new compnay driver or especially as FLEECE-PURCHASE driver.Generic advice from SOMEONE(1st post focused on Swift discussion than OFF-TOPIC troll comments critical of other drivers' posts on this blog.)Maybe UR eligible for dedicated/regional jobs that may pay more.If UR company driver,get 6-12 Mos Min accident-free OTR Exp. and then bounce to a better paying job.If UR unfortunate enough as FLEECE-PURCHASE driver,you will have to complete your lease before signing on with another carrier.You need to keep UR credit clean and successfully exit your lease if you plan on buying/leasing trk with another carrier.I would strongly urge you to consider only 100% O/O Cos like LANDSTAR.COM ; DARTADVANTAGE.COM with NO company drivers to compete with.Check out CDLJOBS.COM or CLASSADRIVERS.COM BUBBAJUNK.COM for useful info on CDL jobs.Best of Luck-Driver!
You are an ideot. All of the companies u listed have been sued by OOIDA for the exact same reasons they are currently sueing Swift. Get a clue!
SWIFT LIES

Providence, UT

#59 Mar 5, 2011
Owner-Op wrote:
Hey guys, All I am saying is that just because a lawsuit is filed, It does NOT mean it is actual.
I have talked to many O/O's and shop workers. I don't hear the things that you have described.
I am a moron and an idiot?? I will accept that as a compliment. If a moron or an idiot can actually make it at swift, what does that make the ones who didn't? Kinda goes against your point doesn't it??intellegent debate tactic.
SO... you are saying just because over 700 people at SWIFT have the same complaint that thosands of other Owner operators at other companies, all who have sued there companies with the help of OOIDA just like there helping sue Swift, doesn't mean it is really happening? If they didn't happen, the Supreme Court wouldn't be involved. The only real question is what will happen to Swift when this is all over.
Owner-Op

Ashland, VA

#60 Mar 5, 2011
Here in the USA, you are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Just cuz a lawsuit is filed DOES NOT mean everything in it is true.

If swift did in fact, screw over those people, the people will win. The verdict is not in yet, no matter how much you jump up and down about Swift screwing everybody, the case is not settled yet.

And just about any case can be appealed up to the ARIZONA SUPREME COURT.

When the suit is finally settled, We will see who gets what. If swift is found guilty, and they start handing out checks, I will be there in line too!!
I am not cheerleading for swift, just actually believe in the legal system, therefore, innocent until proven guilty!!

Hows that "Hope and Change" working out for ya??
Hey Moron-Swift Lackey

Guilderland, NY

#61 Mar 5, 2011
SWIFT LIES wrote:
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You are an ideot. All of the companies u listed have been sued by OOIDA for the exact same reasons they are currently sueing Swift. Get a clue!
You need to get a clue and learn how to spell ideot-IDIOT! If you read my last reply to you,I am NOT defending Swift-where the hell did you read that?I stated that I agreed with your posts. I even mentioned their FLEECE-PURCHASE (sarcastic AKA lease-purchase).I was replying to another driver who obviously states that he's broke Swift driver-no surprise here?Landstar and Dart may indeed have been sued by OOIDA. Although I am not leased on with them,I know others who seem satisfied with their treatment.Individual experiences vary from driver-driver.At least,those 2 carriers are 100% O/O companies without company trks competition.If you are going to be leased to a carrier,I believe it's better to pick 100% O/O based fleet,preferably one that's not been sued for driver mistreatment.Obviously,you want to partner with one that has your business interests in mind.I was unaware Landstar+Dart had been sued for same reasons as Swift.This may be industry wide problem affecting many carriers that must await court decision.READ the reply before posting.I agree with U!THX!

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