I work a full time job, decent pay but I’m looking towards changing my career, I’m a technical technician at the present moment for a food manufacturer, maintenance technician is been in my thoughts my whole life, any suggestions on how can transition to the maintenance technician field?
Happy Saturday from Los Angeles.
I would like to raise awareness of a situation I was put in by a former employer I had from January-July of 2022.
I worked for a small family owned company which was my first port job. At the time I was hired, I only had (4) months tractor/trailer experience. Compensation was decent at $27ph and OT after (8) hours. The benefits were not great, but considering I was an inexperienced driver, I jumped on the job offer and my start date was January 10, 2022.
I tend to constantly look at job openings on Craigslist and found a job opening starting at $32ph, OT after 50 hours, excellent benefits, 401k, safety bonuses, hazmat and overweight pay, etc. My employer only wanted (9) months experience so I waited until July (2022) to call the recruiter to submit my application. My application was accepted and I completed my drug screen, medical and physical requirements to satisfy my employer.
My last requirement was employment verification. This became a problem since my former employer refused to verify my employment with them. I sent an email to HR asking them to verify my employment so I can move on to a new job opportunity. They made excuses from being to busy and they have (60) days to verify employment according to DOT regulations. I felt they were holding me hostage and the day I asked them to verify my employment, I was sent home early and my position was terminated. They actually never called me into work so I was unsure if I was terminated or not.
I came to find out employers have a duty to verify employment within (30) days, not (60) days. If they do not verify employment, drivers can file a complaint with the DOT. I also recommend email or text when submitting your resignation for documentation purposes.
Fortunately, I was able to verify my employment with my check stubs which their safety team accepted as verification. I ended up filing complaints with the FMCSA, DOT, and retained a lawyer for a variety of other reasons I will discuss in another post. But some employers do not care if you want a better opportunity for you and your family, let alone situations like mine can put someone in a detrimental and financial situation. Always remember business is business and document all communication with management.
Have you ever had a problem with employment verification with a former employer?
Good morning from Los Angeles.
I normally work the Long Beach ports taking empty containers in and loads out in what they call dual transactions. But lately I have been taking Hazmat loads to the railroads for the last two weeks. I was wondering why my company was sending me there until I read an article about the upcoming “Rail Strike” December 9th.
My company is in rush to send these hazmat loads out because the railroad is going to stop accepting hazmat loads two weeks before the strike begins so there are no dangerous loads stuck on the rails.
From what I have been reading the unions cannot come to terms with how much sick pay rail workers should receive annually as well as other benefits. This strike will cost the economy one billion a day if the unions cannot reach an agreement. With a recession at the peak, this is the last thing we need.
Have you been affected by the upcoming rail strike?
(FN) I have attached a photo of last week’s trip to the rails. The photo is me waiting in line for a flip, where the crane removes my container and puts it on another chassis’s a yard goat brings.
I was 17 years old when i finished high school in IRAN, and immediately i participated in entry examination of The Bank of IRAN and The Middle East, and after a detailed Interview i got a position in Foreign Department of the Bank and started working in Documentary Letters of Credit, and after almost eight months i got promotion as the head of department and better pay. After two years I got a better job in The Central Bank of Iran, that ia Bank pf Banks and Bank of Government, and immediately started the Institute of Banking and Accounting, that was started at 4 PM till nine at night and after five years i graduated with Bachelor of international Banking and Accounting, and with honor as head of almost three hundred graduates. After eight months the Bank sent me to Midland bank of London for an eight months training, and I worked in the bank for about 23 years, and because of revolution i left Iran and there are about 44 years that i have have settled in United States. I want to add that I worked in USA almost a6 years as an accountant. Thank you for your attention. Siroos Ahoobim.
If you don't have animal work experience try reception work at an animal clinic. Most if them will let you cross train as a vet assistant, same with animal clinics with boarding or grooming.
You can help out on my farm. Horses, donkey, goats, chickens.
I am thankful to God for giving me the opportunity again to continue my life after my car accident 19 years ago. He gave me a chance to say goodbye to my mother and older sister, even though it hurt I know it would have been devastating for my mom and sister to see me go ahead of them. For giving me the opportunity to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and hopefully be present for my son to get married next year. For allowing me to help many people with the different types of business I learned in life and for growing older and feeling the pains of becoming an older wiser person. And for so much more I can not remember due to my age.
Thank You God Almighty!!!!!!!