Truck driving jobs St. Paul and through America can be hard to come by, depending on the region where would-be drivers live. Like any industry, experience is required. Dock owners and fleet managers are looking for qualified CDL-holders with significant, safe mileage to their names.
In more populated areas, jobs can be hard to come by—whether coast-to-coast OTR or local. Some drivers have found financial success driving water trucks and other necessary equipment for fracking sites, but the longevity of these positions is fluid. Competition for jobs is fierce, and one entity that is determined to support and help employ truckers is The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).
The Trucker’s Union Then
In the past, the trucker’s union received bad PR due to the actions of a handful of drivers. A handful of strikes merged into riots in Minneapolis shortly after the end of the Great Depression. Some members of the union also orchestrated several raids against other unions before World War II began. Then, of course, there was the tenure of Jimmy Hoffa and the influence of organized crime.
The rise of the union during these times brought it more members and more power than ever before. However, the antics of the union eventually led to their being expelled from the AFL-CIO altogether.
The Trucker’s Union Now
After Hoffa disappeared, his successor worked to decentralize power in the IBT and return it to local districts and chapters. The union’s presence in the American economy faded for a time. The IBT has since been reformed, regulated, and rebranded.
The IBT has always been a mainstay of American unions. It’s a pillar of strength in the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and has been for over 100 years. Though it’s been through some difficult and even dark times in its history, the IBT of today is a legitimate, clean, and empowering organization that helps truckers find, keep, and enjoy better work.
Truck drivers working as owner-operators may have to pay expensive fees for private insurance. Leasing operators may have expensive fees and higher insurance premiums. When driving with a union, however, contracts include competitive wages, auto, home, health, life, and accident insurance, retirement plans like matching-contribution 401Ks, training programs, and the highly-esteemed Teamster Job Bank (TJB).
The TJB may be one of the best benefits of the union. It’s a centralized listing of open positions that include many jobs never seen by non-union members. That means the competition is not as plentiful. Driving truck can be hard. Hauling trailers is physical work. Truck maintenance can often prove to be inconvenient and time-consuming. There seems to be enough to worry about for most drivers in just getting from point A to point B. The IBT makes it a little bit easier for drivers—easier to provide and to find truck driving jobs in St. Paul and across the country.