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  • 12 Oct 2016 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting entitled "Big Data in the Workplace: Examining Implications for Equal Employment Opportunity Law" on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at EEOC headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.

    At the meeting, EEOC Commissioners will hear from a broad panel of experts on a range of issues, including big data trends and technologies, the benefits and risks of big data analytics, current and potential uses of big data in employment, and how the use of big data may implicate equal employment opportunity laws. 

                 

    Confirmed panelists include:

    • Kelly Trindel, PhD, Chief Analyst, Office of Research, Information and Planning, EEOC
    • Eric M. Dunleavy, PhD, Director, Personnel Selection and Litigation Support Services Group, DCI Consulting, on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management
    • Michael Housman, Workforce Scientist, hiQ Labs
    • Michal Kosinski, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business (via VTC)
    • Marko J. Mrkonich, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
    • Ifeoma Ajunwa, Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia School of Law
    • Kathleen K. Lundquist, PhD, Organizational Psychologist, President and CEO, APTMetrics, Inc.

    Seating is limited, and EEOC encourages visitors to arrive 30 minutes before the meeting to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Visitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. Additional information about the meeting, when available, will be posted at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/index.cfm.

    EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.


  • 04 Oct 2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During Columbus Day weekend, the Goethals Bridge will be closed overnight on Friday, October 7 into the following morning, with travel diverted the remainder of the three-day weekend on connecting roads on Staten Island, N.Y.

    The lane closures and diversions, part of the Port Authority’s ongoing Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, will allow the demolition and replacement of the Travis Spur Rail Bridge that carries Conrail trains over Interstate 278 in Staten Island, immediately west of the Goethals Bridge toll plaza. The replacement project will allow expansion of the roadway approaching the Goethals Bridge from four lanes (two eastbound and two westbound) to six lanes, three in each direction.

    Travel delays are expected throughout the three-day weekend, especially during peak travel times. The Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will remain fully open through Columbus Day weekend as alternate routes.

    Construction work during Columbus Day weekend will require the following lane closures and diversions:

    ·         The Goethals Bridge will be fully closed from 10 p.m. Friday, October 7 through 8 a.m. Saturday, October 8.

    ·         At 8 a.m. Saturday, October 8, the bridge will reopen, with traffic diverted on I-278 and Gulf Road in Staten Island, before reaching or after leaving the bridge. These diversions will be in place until 3 p.m. Monday, October 10 when normal traffic will resume. These changes are expected to result in traffic delays.

    To avoid expected delays, drivers are encouraged to avoid the Goethals Bridge throughout the weekend, and consider using the Bayonne Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing as alternatives. Following this work, the Port Authority will implement nightly lane closures on I-278 between the toll plaza and the Goethals Bridge in order to repave and expand the lanes approaching the Goethals Bridge.

    To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for the Port Authority’s Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org.

    Contact: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777


  • 03 Oct 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its top industry issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.

    The looming implementation date of the federal mandate on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) topped the list of trucking industry concerns, with more than 65 percent of respondents concerned about productivity impacts the industry may experience from full deployment of ELDs.

    The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today at the 2016 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation's largest gathering of motor carrier executives.  The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue.

    Dropping one position from its top ranking the past three years, Hours-of-Service (HOS) stayed near the top of the list due to ongoing uncertainty of a final HOS rule. Ranking third in this year's survey - Cumulative Economic Impacts of Trucking Regulations - is new to the annual list and reflects the industry's collective frustration with increasing and often costly regulatory requirements.

    The lack of available truck parking moved the issue up again this year to fourth place overall and the state of the nation's economy rounds out the top five concerns on the list.

    "The results of ATRI's survey reflect what I've heard from carriers and drivers as I've traveled the country this year on behalf of ATA," said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president for state government affairs at UPS Inc.  "The ever-increasing regulatory burdens placed on the industry, coupled with the sluggish economy, are creating challenges for trucking as we work hard to keep America moving forward."

    "Knowing what the industry is concerned about, and what strategies it views as most promising for addressing each issue, allows ATA and its Federation partners in the states to better focus our collective efforts on behalf of motor carriers and their employees," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "The ATRI survey results provide the roadmap we need to put wins on the board for this industry and the nation's economy as a whole."

    ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.


  • 03 Oct 2016 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 03 Oct 2016 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that Suspension and Restoration Services will be reopening at the Newark Agency on Monday, October 3, 2016.

    Newark Suspension and Restoration Service hours are: 

    Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    In addition to Newark, Suspension and Restoration services are also available at the Paterson, Eatontown, Trenton and West Deptford Agencies.

    The MVC reminds customers to always check our website before any visit to a local office and to take advantage of our “Skip the Trip” license renewal process and our on-line services such as vehicle registration renewals, driver abstract requests, and surcharge and restoration payments.

    For more information about ongoing positive changes at the MVC, please visit www.njmvc.gov.


  • 02 Oct 2016 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, American Trucking Associations announced it has honored Greg Brown, chairman of B.R. Williams Trucking Inc., Oxford, Ala., with the Rocque Dameo Award for his service as an ATA State Vice President.

    "The Dameo Award recognizes Greg's work as an ATA state vice president – working with his fellow trucking executives to advance the goals of our industry and association," said ATA Senior Vice President for Membership Dave Brodie. "Without leaders like Greg, ATA would be unable to do the important work our members ask us to do, so we thank him and all our state vice presidents."

    American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.Trucking Moves America Forward.

    ATA started honoring its state vice presidents with the Dameo Award in 2014, which comes with a $5,000 contribution to the winner's state trucking association.

    "Greg has been an outstanding voice for trucking and ATA inAlabama," said Brodie, "we are thrilled to present him with this award and to donate $5,000 on his behalf to the Alabama Trucking Association."

    Previous winners are: Mike Wilson, Whitewood Transportation;Kevin Lhotak, Reliable Transportation Specialists and G. Clifton Parker, G&P Trucking.


  • 02 Oct 2016 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello said, the trucking industry has seen soft volumes in 2016 due to bloated inventories and a weak manufacturing environment.

    "The current cycle of larger than normal inventories has taken longer than usual to resolve itself," Costello said here during ATA's Management Conference & Exhibition. "Coupled with weakness in the manufacturing sector, we've seen softer than typical volumes in both the truckload and less-than-truckload sectors. However, I am hopeful that we are nearing the bottom of this cycle and will soon expect a modest rebound."

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    Costello said that both truckload and less-than-truckload carriers added truck capacity in 2015, which makes the current environment feel even more challenging.

    "Also, truckload carriers have added trailer capacity of late, likely in advance of the approaching electronic logging device compliance deadline," he said. "More small and medium fleets will, I believe, try to compensate for the impact of ELDs by doing more drop and hook to reduce wait times."

    In addition, Costello emphasized the role that trade plays in trucking – pointing out that since 1995, the value of goods moved by trucks between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has risen 168% to $712 billion.

    "It may not always be top of mind, but trade is an important part of the trucking economy," he said. "In the post-North American Free Trade Agreement era, we've seen growth in exports moved by truck outstrip overall growth of domestic freight over the past two decades."

    For more on trucking and trade, download this report highlighting the significant role trucking plays in moving goods across borders.

    Costello was joined at the MCE General Session, sponsored by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC by Diane Swonk, founder and CEO of DS Economics, who added her own assessment of the economy.

    "The economy has been running a relay race, with only one runner - the consumer - carrying the baton for too long," Swonk said. "Next year, there will be more runners in the race to grab the baton, but they won't be breaking any speed records."  

  • 27 Sep 2016 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2016 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.  Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2015 providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses.

    The average marginal cost per mile in 2015 was $1.59, a six percent decrease from the $1.70 found in 2014.  This decline in average marginal cost per mile is attributed mostly to the steady fall in fuel prices experienced throughout 2015, but also identifies the late 2015 economic softening that continued into 2016.  And, for the first time since ATRI started collecting the industry’s operational costs data, driver costs now represent a higher percentage of overall costs than does fuel.

    “ATRI’s ops cost’ research is an excellent barometer of the state of the nation’s economyas it documented the softening in 2015 but also indicates that costs will be on the rise in 2016,” said Bob Costello, Chief Economist for the American Trucking Associations and a member of the ATRI Research Advisory Committee.

    New to this year’s report is additional information on fleet-wide fuel economy and operating speeds and the relationship between speed limiter use and fuel economy.

    Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 10,000 requests for the Operational Cost of Trucking report, and it continues to be one of the most popular reports among industry stakeholders.  In addition to average costs per mile, ATRI’s report documents average costs per hour, cost breakouts by industry sector, and operating cost comparisons of U.S. regions.

    A copy of this report is available from ATRI by clicking here.


  • 22 Sep 2016 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute and Mayo Clinic recently launched a set of surveys designed to solicit motor carrier and commercial driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process.  The NRCME was deployed in 2014 and since then, medical examiners performing DOT physicals are required to take an approved course, pass an exam and be listed in the registry before issuing medical certificates.

    The research collaboration between ATRI and Mayo Clinic will quantify how effective the NRCME process is in improving the DOT physical exam process, and ensuring that medical examiners understand FMCSA regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates.

    The research includes three separate data collection surveys; one each for motor carriers, commercial drivers and medical examiners.  The first two surveys for motor carriers and drivers are available on ATRI’s website.  Mayo Clinic will be distributing the third survey to medical examiners through their targeted network.

    “Driver health and wellness continues to be a top industry issue and area of research for ATRI.  The joint research with Mayo Clinic will shed light on how the medical exam process is working since the advent of the national registry,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.

    “We can help shape and improve the medical examination process if we can better understand how motor carriers, truck drivers and medical examiners address the changes resulting from the NRCME process,” said Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS and principal investigator for Mayo Clinic.

    Motor carriers and commercial drivers are encouraged to complete the confidential surveys available online here.


  • 07 Sep 2016 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 11-17. Expect everyone from big carriers and national industry associations to issue proclamations, release videos and say nice things about truckers and how important they are to the economy.

    All of that is nice to hear, but it doesn’t necessarily translate into anything concrete for the drivers. True appreciation takes commitment, produces tangible benefits for drivers and isn’t limited to a single week. We’ve compiled a list of how to truly appreciate a driver.

    For carriers:

    • 1.      Treat drivers like people. Just because they’re not in the office, doesn’t mean they’re not part of the team. Remember their names, include them in company happenings and make them feel important.
    • 2.      Listen to them. Your drivers have valuable insight into your business and your clients that no one else in your company does. So it makes sense to listen when they offer a suggestion.
    • 3.      Pay them fairly. It’s a hard job and pay hasn’t kept up. Paying them fairly will help you hang onto your drivers, which will save you money and result in better service.
    • 4.      Start a driver recognition program. Salute drivers of the month, celebrate million-milers and reward exemplary behavior.
    • 5.      Get them home. Do everything in your power to get your drivers home when you say you will.
    • 6.      Give them good equipment. Sending drivers out in trucks with unaddressed maintenance and/or safety problems is dangerous and unfair.

    For dispatchers and driver managers:

    • 1.      Know the drivers’ names. Treat them like human beings, not like faceless cogs in a machine. Remember that they have families, too.
    • 2.      Communicate. The more information a driver has about routes, schedules, destinations and other conditions, the more smoothly the ride will go.
    • 3.      Be honest. Let drivers know what you know and the reasons for changes in loads and schedules. No one likes to be kept in the dark.

    For shippers:

    • 1.      Respect the driver’s time. A delay at the loading dock can push a driver past his hours of service and mean the difference between sleeping in a parking lot and sleeping at home. Delays are sometimes inevitable, but don’t waste drivers’ time unnecessarily.
    • 2.      Allow truckers access to the facilities. When a driver comes off the road, let him or her rest in the lounge, use the bathroom etc. Treat them as an important member of your team.
    • 3.      Keep your yard clean, safe and well-organized.  

    For the driving public:

    • 1.      Drive safely and respectfully. Don’t tailgate; don’t cut them off; let them merge and realize that Class 8 trucks can’t accelerate, brake or maneuver as quickly as a four-wheeler.
    • 2.      Treat them. Chances are, almost everything you own was on the back of a truck at some point. Buy them lunch or a cup of coffee at a rest stop. Say thanks.   

    We asked our RoadPro Road Warrior Pro Drivers Council members what makes them feel appreciated and here’s what they told us:

    Maggie Stone: I had a farmer that would bring me donuts and occasionally make cinnamon rolls for the drivers.

    Sierra Sugar and Allen Welcher: One of the greatest joys for me is when other drivers take the time to talk to each other. To me, that type of relaxed communication is a sign of mutual respect, camaraderie and gratitude towards each other.  

    We’re especially appreciative when other drivers recognize the challenges associated with driving a big truck. Those moments when you can tell they are conscientiously giving you extra space to make a tight turn, or wave happily at you when you go by them; those little things mean so much and help reduce some of the monotony and stress from driving.

    Joanne Fatta: My customers and their constant compliments about my work performance and reliability sure make me feel wonderfully appreciated. I smile when I come back from a week of vacation and my customers tell me, "We are so glad you are back." 

    Motorists watching me closely through tight turns, giving me thumbs up, pointing to my Driver of the Year logo on my truck at a red light and asking if that is me and then giving me thumbs up and congratulations for my award. 


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