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jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#302 Mar 27, 2014
sounds to me like you are an ex coach america driver..so I supposed the CIA is watching you and the satellites 26,000 miles up are beaming signals into your brain and the radio's in the van's are giving you subliminal PTI messages too (use much aluminum foil much in your apartment??).
It is people like you that make me crazy - you rant and rave and harbor all this conspiracy garbage and come on here and play your little games. A "plant" and "informant"?? You DO realize this is not a PTI "accepted" or "sanctioned" site, right? I URGE you to get back on your medicine. Lower myself, haha... if the names fit, OWN IT!!! Like I said before, I take whatever you have to say with LESS THAN a grain of salt "anonymous".
Get back to the topics this forum was designed for - real people with real questions and needing answers for this piss-ant company called PTI.
Anonymous

Bessemer, AL

#303 Mar 28, 2014
And the child continues to throw a tantrum.
Curious

Bellevue, WA

#305 Mar 30, 2014
Does anyone remember what PTI board status codes mean? Code 3? Code 4? Code 4? And code 6?
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#306 Mar 30, 2014
Code 3 - off duty, but available to work if needed
Code 4 - not available until next shift
Code 5 - not available to work until BM or GM talks to driver
Code 6 - hmmm... not sure
Hope that helps
Anonymous

Bessemer, AL

#307 Apr 2, 2014
And he becomes even MORE childish! This is getting funny.
A Davis CE 78

United States

#308 Apr 2, 2014
Code 6 means that an OTR driver exceeded their service hours for the week. I'm a night manager out of Chicago,or as we're called "Chicago east" and because we were given "unlimited overtime" code 6 is not used for our branch. We only have codes 3,4,& 5. I've been with PTI since 2010 and even in my position there is some reserves I have about the company but I come in and work like everyone else in my branch do. We're actually all okay with each other and honestly I think safety can slow down with all of these ridiculous rules they have regarding drive cam. I see quite a bit of hostle back and forth on here and I'm staying out of it. This company was what it was when we were hired in and it will be what it is when were gone from it.
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#309 Apr 2, 2014
I think the majority of the branches, the drivers, OTR or DYV, get along pretty well. I know from my point of view, when OTR, I never saw the DYV drivers much unless it was a Union related topic and when I became a DYV driver, I pretty much never saw the OTR drivers, once again, unless there was a Union problem. I have been driving for 50 years and I am a good driver but like the vast majority of drivers (OTR or DYV) we begin to "second guess" ourselves because of the driver cam. I think they have their place, in cases of an accident to at least see through the camera what happened or what might have lead up to an accident. But PTI is using the camera's to spy on drivers without their knowledge (not just when the red light comes on) and they can see and hear everything going on in the van in real time. I do not think it is ethical and I have heard there is a lawsuit going on or about to go on, concerning this practice. Also, in Michigan and Ohio and probably most other states, there is a law about things hanging from the mirrors or otherwise blocking the windshield and between the computers on the left and the camera's hanging below the mirror, word has it that Michigan and Ohio are looking into the validity of an obstructed windshield and making traffic stops on PTI (and the others) and ticketing drivers with obstructed windshields.(IF) this happens, PTI will have to either move these objects or I can see the lawsuits from drivers getting tickets because these objects are PTI installed. Time will tell on that.
I agree. We all hired into PTI and in the first 60 days a driver pretty much knows what to expect from PTI and though some things are changing due to the class action lawsuits (past and present), at this very moment, there is nothing to do but adhere to PTI's rules and regulations or quit. Those that bitch about PTI on here and on other sites and forums, do so in the office and to and with other drivers, which causes disharmony especially, but not limited to, the newer drivers that don't know any better and the older drivers that feel PTI has become more and more restrictive and demanding as to "new rules and regulations" put into place almost daily. I have said this from post 1 on here... if you don't like what PTI is "doing to you" or you disagree with their policy, then quit. Why would ANYONE work for a company that they HATE? The money is not that good (sic) to make anyone stay unless they are on retirement and this is a supplement to their income or they can't find another job for whatever reason, or their spouse is working and this is just extra money for the household.
By the way, not sure if you A Davis is in control of the 55th yard, but I have been there many many times in the past when I was a OTR driver and those DYV drivers there are really friendly and helpful and generally really nice people. cuddo's to you and your group.
pti manager - now ex-mgr

Milwaukee, WI

#310 Apr 15, 2014
Jim,
The DriveCam system is not being used to spy on drivers. It cannot be configured to do that. The time limit on the loop is 30 seconds and the cameras are not configured for streaming video, so it is an unfounded and technically impossible rumor that you are spreading. The program is designed to be a coaching tool and when used right by the local managers is a very effective method to teach drivers how to avoid potentially dangerous situations and end habits the drivers may not even be aware of.
To all;
I was a GM with PTI until recently. The company is not evil and is not interested in doing you any harm. It is simply in business to make money, and to remain profitable for the long run in a difficult and rapidly changing industry. If you do not like the company and what they are doing, find a different job. I did - you can too. I needed the position for a period of time for personal reasons. The travel sucked, the never-ending phone calls 24 hours a day sucked, the benefits sucked, and the fact that the company thinks they can continue to turn over drivers at 150% annually sucks. But for a period of almost two years it paid my mortgage and kept my family insured. PTI also allowed me to take time to care for my daughter who was hospitalized for almost two weeks with a strange and unusual situation, proving to me there is a heart in the corporate office (although well hidden most of the time). There is no demonic evil plotting how to screw over the workers. There is no desire to see people miserable. Just business.
So, in spite of being a childish idiot in some of his posts, Jim is correct in his advice that if you don't like it, find your way to the door. No one will stop you. In fact, corporate probably won't really care. Danny Barr will just tell his managers to hire more drivers because that is what they have done since 1980 and it has always worked and always will.
A Davis CE 78

United States

#311 Apr 15, 2014
jimim523 wrote:
I think the majority of the branches, the drivers, OTR or DYV, get along pretty well. I know from my point of view, when OTR, I never saw the DYV drivers much unless it was a Union related topic and when I became a DYV driver, I pretty much never saw the OTR drivers, once again, unless there was a Union problem. I have been driving for 50 years and I am a good driver but like the vast majority of drivers (OTR or DYV) we begin to "second guess" ourselves because of the driver cam. I think they have their place, in cases of an accident to at least see through the camera what happened or what might have lead up to an accident. But PTI is using the camera's to spy on drivers without their knowledge (not just when the red light comes on) and they can see and hear everything going on in the van in real time. I do not think it is ethical and I have heard there is a lawsuit going on or about to go on, concerning this practice. Also, in Michigan and Ohio and probably most other states, there is a law about things hanging from the mirrors or otherwise blocking the windshield and between the computers on the left and the camera's hanging below the mirror, word has it that Michigan and Ohio are looking into the validity of an obstructed windshield and making traffic stops on PTI (and the others) and ticketing drivers with obstructed windshields.(IF) this happens, PTI will have to either move these objects or I can see the lawsuits from drivers getting tickets because these objects are PTI installed. Time will tell on that.
I agree. We all hired into PTI and in the first 60 days a driver pretty much knows what to expect from PTI and though some things are changing due to the class action lawsuits (past and present), at this very moment, there is nothing to do but adhere to PTI's rules and regulations or quit. Those that bitch about PTI on here and on other sites and forums, do so in the office and to and with other drivers, which causes disharmony especially, but not limited to, the newer drivers that don't know any better and the older drivers that feel PTI has become more and more restrictive and demanding as to "new rules and regulations" put into place almost daily. I have said this from post 1 on here... if you don't like what PTI is "doing to you" or you disagree with their policy, then quit. Why would ANYONE work for a company that they HATE? The money is not that good (sic) to make anyone stay unless they are on retirement and this is a supplement to their income or they can't find another job for whatever reason, or their spouse is working and this is just extra money for the household.
By the way, not sure if you A Davis is in control of the 55th yard, but I have been there many many times in the past when I was a OTR driver and those DYV drivers there are really friendly and helpful and generally really nice people. cuddo's to you and your group.
Yes I am in control of the 55th yard it's true that they're very friendly and helpful and we tell our driver to look out for a fellow Pti driver. It's enough that sometimes we get futtbucked (take the f and the b and switch it around) but it doesn't mean we become "crabs in a bucket" with each other. I have some loves and hates about Pti but as I learned in the 33 years I've been on earth. No matter what job you work,there will be a love/hate relationship with the place. I also found out by Kim Baker the director of safety ( Everett was canned) that the railroad ordered the drive can because they wanted to monitor their employees because when an accident occurred they claimed to have been injured just to get time off and workmen's compensation. So in order to catch them up they ordered it to be installed. But the drive cam is a huge catch 22.
FreeDancer

San Luis, AZ

#312 Apr 27, 2014
I was an OTR driver for PTI. Let me start by saying I LOVE driving, but I can only handle so much crap from management. To start, from day one, they always seem to mess up my social security number (which they did) yet they had it wrong in 3 different ways. First I had to figure it out on my own, when I had my first run to accept. It was off by one number; totally understandable. Then with Money Management, I had to re-submit my social security number to them to basically PROVE who I was. But FINALLY when I asked why I was not receiving pay stubs, they informed me, my information was online. OK, not unheard of these days, but what was strange was, my social was off AGAIN, and with a different last 4. When a man named David Lambert, finally fixed my social for me, I was able to log on to www.ptipay.com to check my pay stubs(just put your employee # and the last 4 of your social)
When I compared my records to PTI records, I came to quick realization that PTI was skimping miles(even an entire run) and time from me. If PTI does not make this right tomorrow, I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau. I will not be taken advantage of, and MORE importantly I will not idly stand by and watch PTI take advantage of unsuspecting employees.
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#313 Apr 28, 2014
Free Dancer - DO NOT just contact the BBB, you need to call your States Hourly and Wage Department. Let them know that it is PTI and that there has been lawsuits against PTI for this very thing. You need to become pro-active on this and take it as high as you can go. You might also want to talk to the Federal Hourly Wage Commission as they were involved in this last (settled) lawsuit and my guess, they would be VERY happy to hear from you. Just make sure you have documentation and not just saying, "well, I figured they screwed me out of X amount of pay" .. you need to be exact and anything in writing to back it up. I promise you, if not on the State level, the Federal level WILL be more than willing to listen to you and you might get further that way.
Just remember this ... PTI and ALL of the railroads they service have a "code book" which says, to go from point A to point B is 100 miles. It doesn't matter if you drove 200 miles or 110 miles, you get paid for 100 miles. If you show you drove 89 miles, you only get paid for THOSE miles. Ask (or demand) your Branch Manager either put those books out for all drivers to see or order them and then put them out because that is Driver Information you are legally entitled to see at any time in the office. There is nothing you can do to fight the "code book" mileage - it is what it is. I have talked about this problem for over 2 years now, people think because they drove 200 miles they should get paid for 200 miles, but PTI is covered paying you 100 miles for that trip because it is in the "code book" and that book, trumps anything you keep on paper. You NEED those books to argue your point, if there is a point to be made after you check out the books. But, good luck and do report to at lease the State but definitely the FEDERAL Hourly and Wage Commission. Google them, the number is there.
sinjin

United States

#314 May 13, 2014
jimim523 wrote:
Free Dancer - DO NOT just contact the BBB, you need to call your States Hourly and Wage Department. Let them know that it is PTI and that there has been lawsuits against PTI for this very thing. You need to become pro-active on this and take it as high as you can go. You might also want to talk to the Federal Hourly Wage Commission as they were involved in this last (settled) lawsuit and my guess, they would be VERY happy to hear from you. Just make sure you have documentation and not just saying, "well, I figured they screwed me out of X amount of pay" .. you need to be exact and anything in writing to back it up. I promise you, if not on the State level, the Federal level WILL be more than willing to listen to you and you might get further that way.
Just remember this ... PTI and ALL of the railroads they service have a "code book" which says, to go from point A to point B is 100 miles. It doesn't matter if you drove 200 miles or 110 miles, you get paid for 100 miles. If you show you drove 89 miles, you only get paid for THOSE miles. Ask (or demand) your Branch Manager either put those books out for all drivers to see or order them and then put them out because that is Driver Information you are legally entitled to see at any time in the office. There is nothing you can do to fight the "code book" mileage - it is what it is. I have talked about this problem for over 2 years now, people think because they drove 200 miles they should get paid for 200 miles, but PTI is covered paying you 100 miles for that trip because it is in the "code book" and that book, trumps anything you keep on paper. You NEED those books to argue your point, if there is a point to be made after you check out the books. But, good luck and do report to at lease the State but definitely the FEDERAL Hourly and Wage Commission. Google them, the number is there.
]Hey jim.I'm at the morristown, tn branch.who can I talk to about these wages.
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#315 May 13, 2014
sinjin - I am not sure what you mean when you say, "who can I talk to about these wages"? Do you mean getting a "code book" or your hourly wage? Just not sure what you are asking, sorry. Also, are you a Union branch, do you belong to UPSEU Union?
sinjin

United States

#316 May 13, 2014
jimim523 wrote:
sinjin - I am not sure what you mean when you say, "who can I talk to about these wages"? Do you mean getting a "code book" or your hourly wage? Just not sure what you are asking, sorry. Also, are you a Union branch, do you belong to UPSEU Union?
Well I don't know if we're a union branch.I guess that's what I was asking, thought maybe you would know.If not how could I find out?
sam

Columbia, SC

#317 May 14, 2014
pti is a ripoff I used to work for the sorry bastards. find another job!
Gasman

Houston, TX

#318 May 14, 2014
Farts can be transported...
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#319 May 14, 2014
sinjin wrote:
<quoted text> Well I don't know if we're a union branch.I guess that's what I was asking, thought maybe you would know.If not how could I find out?
I think this all starts with your Branch Manager. You need to talk to him/her and find out A. if there is a "code book" for all of the railroads you transport for and if not, then you need to ask him/her to get one in the office for all employees to be able to read and review. B. ask him/her if your branch is associated with a Union and how the Union Steward is and contact them and ask questions. You would know if you are in a Union actually, by your pay check. There will be a deduction for around $7.00 each pay check, which should be your dues. However, talk to your Branch Manager and see what you can find out. If there (is not) a Union, and you are interested in becoming a member of the Union, leave me your E-Mail address and I will get information to you about how to contact them and get the ball rolling. You will need to have over 60% of the drivers there willing to join and then an election can be set up for the Union Steward to be elected. The Unions are not the strongest but there is a contract that PTI has to abide by and the good things included in that contract is representation against PTI after a grievance is filed, pay and pay increases based on seniority and how employees must be treated by management just to name a few of the more important issues.
Cobbie

Abbeville, SC

#321 May 24, 2014
Do you take their van home and go from there when dispatch calls or do you have to go to the office, pick up the van, and go from there?
jimim523

Syracuse, UT

#322 May 24, 2014
When PTI bought out Coach America, the vast majority of the places allowed the drivers to take their vans home. When the driver was not working, anyone in the family could drive the van (though of course, they were told not to, but..) and the extra wear and tear AND the liability risk it put the company in was (VERY) evident when the contingency drivers were sent in to take over a branch. If you go back on here a year or year and a half ago, you can see how upset the drivers were that PTI took away their extra vehicle and in some cases, their ONLY vehicle ("I am going to lose my job because I have not way to get to work, PTI sucks").
I realize this is the long way around your question, but PTI is many things, mostly not good, but the powers that be are not stupid. I do not believe there is a PTI branch that allows drivers to take their vans home when not on the clock. You come, you inspect, you do your run(s), you park it and you go home however you can get there.
Cobbie

Abbeville, SC

#323 May 25, 2014
Thank you. That will keep me from working for them. We have a vehicle but my wife needs it for her job. I have read quite a few of the posts on here and have noticed that the majority were pretty negative towards PTI. However, I do realize that a lot of folks use this sort of media to post all/most of their 'dirty laundry' on, so not sure just how accurate this reflects PTI overall.

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