Walmart is looking to hire an additional 900 truck drivers and is boosting their salaries in an attempt to win a bidding war with competitors like Amazon. Walmart, the world’s largest big-box retailer, is giving truck drivers pay raises that would push their salaries up to nearly $90,000 and hiring additional drivers to address the shortage of truck drivers in its fleet.Truck driver wages would increase by one-cent-per-mile starting in February, meaning Walmart’s truckers would take home an average of 89 cents per mile, or $87,500 a year. To sweeten the deal for these new hires, the company—which has a privately-owned fleet of 65,000 tractor-trailers— said it would also be streamlining its onboarding process for new drivers to get them on the road faster. The strong economy is prompting more people to purchase products, leading more people to buy stuff from big box retailers like Walmart. Walmart executives took notice of the increase in … [Read more...] about Walmart Hiring 900 Truck Drivers, Boosting Salaries to Compete with Amazon
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It was sometime around 4 a.m. on a cool spring morning when James McGilvray lost control of his semi, careening into a ravine off Interstate 49 in Harrisonville, Missouri. His trailer, which carried between 80 and 100 cattle, according to police records, flipped on its side as the truck plowed to a halt. The crash killed roughly half the livestock onboard, with the other half escaping onto the highway where state and city law enforcement spent the next four hours shutting down traffic in order to corral the remaining herd. McGilvray, who was 48 at the time of the crash, blamed another car for causing the wreck, according to the crash report, despite officers marking no evidence for another vehicle's involvement. Rather, Stacy Ball, 45, who was traveling with McGilvray and was in the sleeper cabin changing when the crash occurred, believes McGilvray fell asleep at the wheel. --- The nonprofit news outlet Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting provided this article to The Associated … [Read more...] about Safety exemptions for livestock haulers raise concerns
Scott Talley Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 AM EST Nov 9, 2018 The East Lansing-based Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is the largest university-based credit union in the world. However, despite the global distinction, when MSUFCU considers new hires, the focus of the conversations is often local. “We are very community focused, so we certainly look for people who will make our members their priority and also care about our community,” said Silvia Dimma, chief human resources officer for the credit union, which has more than 250,000 members. In October 2017, MSUFCU celebrated the grand opening of a second building on its headquarters campus, and in March 2018, the credit union reached $4 billion in assets. As it has grown through the years, the credit union also has made a commitment to serving employees well, as evidenced by the credit union earning another top-five spot (No. 4) in the Detroit Free Press Top … [Read more...] about Top Workplaces honoree MSU Federal Credit Union focuses on community
Aug 10, 7:08 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Opinion By Arran James Stewart 08/10/18 AT 6:06 AM Without a doubt, “blockchain” has become the tech industry’s hot new buzzword, but in reality how much do you truly know about the practical applications of blockchain technology? You may know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, but it can also revolutionize entirely how several other industries operate.When talking about the potential of blockchain, Bitcoin is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, to blockchain and crypto insiders, Bitcoin is a bit antiquated. Other coins, such as Ethereum 4.0 and EOS 3.0, have proven to be more efficient with infinitely faster transaction speeds and greatly reduced mining costs.But where else is there a practical use for blockchain? Let's take a look at what this technology can really do and how it’s certainly going to impact many, if … [Read more...] about Blockchain Applications: What Industries Could Use The New Technology?
For anyone looking, it wouldn't have been too hard to uncover Talal Chammout's sordid past.A simple internet search would have turned up news accounts of his criminal history, such as his assault conviction or the time a federal judge sentenced him to 6½ years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.The judge in that case ticked off a string of allegations against Chammout at his sentencing: He had been accused of shooting a juvenile in the leg, seeking to smuggle rocket launchers into the Middle East, attacking his wife with a crowbar and plotting to hire a hit man.Three years after he was released from prison, Chammout wanted to be an Uber driver. The company did not run a background check on him and he was allowed to drive in 2015. Three months later, he followed one of his passengers into her home and sexually assaulted her. He is now serving a 25-year prison sentence.It wasn't the only time Uber welcomed a driver who should have been barred under the company's … [Read more...] about Rideshare companies fought against strong background checks for drivers