So now many of these garbage bottom-feeder companies are having drivers sign a non-compete. This is meant to prevent the driver from going to another trucking company for a specified time, sometimes up to 18 months. Folks, I'm not a lawyer or do I play one in this blog but look up case law on these for yourself. They are basically unenforceable. A company cannot take away your only way to make money. It is indentured servitude. These are for executive so they don't take company secrets with them or salesmen who would be prevented from taking clients of the business when they leave. It is meant to prevent you from starting a competing business not from working. Only the lowest of the low company would use them because they are the only ones that would have to use them. I have been at my company for 16+ years. They don't have to threaten me to stay, they treat me right and so here I am. I am going to start asking about these when I call companies and you should as well. I would not sign one and neither should you. Think about this: If the company is so great, why do they need a non-compete?
Although difficult to enforce in court, I am finding that there seems to be a wink and a nod in the industry. Other companies are honoring them. Not all, but some. Meaning, they are working like a black-ball system in the industry. To legally enforce this, a company would need to take you to court to get an injunction against you. It is easier to just not hire someone from a company that uses these. Are they colluding together to do this? I have no evidence of that. It just seems strange to me but hey, what the heck do I know? Maybe all of these companies just got up and decided this on the same day independently of each other. Could happen.
There will be a video about this soon. I am surprised I don't already have one.
See you on the road!
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.