Am I a Feminist? Are You?

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The history of women and their achievements are often a footnote to the stories of the heroic men who fought in battles and wars. Women today rarely realize nor teach their Daughters that women mobilized by the thousands for a 72 year battle to win the right to vote. Women in America mobilized to fight […]

CDL Training: 2012 Team Driving Nightmare

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In the past month, two items have come up that I feel need to be addressed with regards to team driving in entry level carriers. A LinkedIn discussion thread that was posted about a recent article called hiring felons that appeared in Fleet Owner Magazine and a 60 minutes broadcast titled “Untreated mental illness an […]

Truths for Women in a Male Dominated Workplace

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Women in a male dominated work place may benefit from learning a couple of truths. One is, expected gender role and co-worker biases may be more influential to a woman’s job success than their skill and ability. Another is, the company harassment policy may not resolve a harassment issue.  Understanding these truths can help women […]

Sandi Talbott Addresses FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro on Entry-Level Driver Training Issues

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On March 22, 2013, Sandi Talbott, Co-Founder of the “REAL Women in Trucking” and the “Women Truckers Network” and her good friend Mr. Jimmy Ardis met with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro at the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Jimmy Ardis is a one-armed truck driver from South […]

Trucking Carrier Warnings

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Truck driver training is an industry to make a profit off people who know nothing about trucking. The target, those who can get a guaranteed student loan, qualify for financing with as much cash down as possible, or acquire some sort of government assistance work program like a workforce investment act voucher (WIA). Suitability for […]

Trucking: Workplace Bullying?

When President Ellen Voie of the Non-Profit “Women in Trucking” made the following comments  in this workplace bullying documentary about female trucking students involved in a class action suit against one of her sponsor/members CRST Van Expedited “…just wanting to be in a lawsuit…”, it spoke volumes about the climate of victim blaming. Since this video […]

The “Women Truckers Network” Free Phone Conference Events

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Today we celebrate a milestone for Women Truckers with the launch of the “Women Truckers Network” (WTN).  After 5 years of patient waiting for organizations to deliver something significant,  the female driving population has become weary from the delays. Real working truck drivers have limited time to attend conventions and networking events but a growing number […]

Women Entering Truck Driver Training

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Truck driver training remains a crapshoot to produce quality in 2012. Good trainers are hard to come by, students are misled into the industry and carriers continue the practice of spending good money on easily misinterpreted ad campaigns rather than increasing driver pay. As a prospective student who has the desire to succeed in trucking […]

The Qualified Truck Driver Shortage

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Qualified truck drivers begin with qualified CDL candidates who are prepared for the challenge of living the life of a truck driver.  The American Trucking Association and the Carriers they represent continually claim they are struggling to locate qualified drivers yet little accountability is aimed at truck driver training carriers who recruit at enormous levels […]

Letter from a Recent Truck Driver Training Graduate

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In early January I received an email with the subject line that read with the carrier’s name that read “Trainer from Hell”. The training carrier is one that has been written about many times before but this email was not from the female student. The email was sent from her dedicated friend who was communicating with […]