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Transportation - October 09

Transportation - October 09

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October, 2009
EDITORIAL FEATURES
FoodBusinessNews
 
October 27 issue features Digestive Health and HispanicMarket
Food Logistics
November/December issue features Top 100 Software andHardware Solution Providers in the Food Industry and Packaging Trends
Land Line
December/January issue features How to Safeguard Your Load andYou
Logistics Management 
November issue features 2009 NITL Executive of theYear Award and Annual Customs Update
Modern Materials Handling
 
November issue features Top 20 Warehouses andAnnual Trending Study
Overdrive
 
November issue features Add 2 MPG and Wireless Headphone Sets
Over The Road 
November issue features Enhance Your Financial LiquidityPulling Profitable, No-Touch Tanker Loads
Purchasing Magazine
 
November issue features Annual Trucking Report: TheRoad Ahead in 2010 and Career Guide
Transportista
November issue features Add-Ons that Pay Off and AlternativeHeating
Transport Topics
 
November 16 issue features People in Trucking
Intermodaland distributed at the National Industrial Transportation League
Trucker’s Connection
November issue features Increasing Profit Margins: YouCan Make it Happen
Truckers News
November issue features Truck Driving Schools and Painting aTruck
NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Arizona Republic 
Transportation/Driver October 4
Las Vegas Review Journal 
Warehouse/Production November 12
CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
American Trucking Association
s 2009 Management Conference & Exhibition
October 4
 
Las Vegas, NV
Truck Show Latino
 
October 17 
18
Pomona, CA
National Industrial Transportation League
November 14-18
Anaheim, CA
Transportation Update
 
 
Intermodal Association of North America
November 14-18
Anaheim, CA
LAYOFFS
 
Carrier Corp.'s
campus in DeWitt, NY will lose some 170 jobs over the coming yearand a half when the company closes a parts warehouse. Employees were notifiedthat the Replacement Components Division warehouse, which handles replacementparts for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, will close by the end of next year.
Syracuse.com
 
GE Transportation
is cutting more than 1,500 jobs in northwestern Pennsylvania.The company announced Tuesday that it would make permanent 1,200 temporarylayoffs that were announced in February at its factory near Erie, which makes electriclocomotives. In addition, 230 hourly jobs and 50 salaried jobs are being cut there.Another 200 people are losing their jobs at an engine plant in Grove City.
Phillyburbs.com
Hawker Beechcraft
has issued another 240 60-day layoff notices to employees,according to paperwork filed with the state. Since August 21, Hawker Beechcraft hasissued 783 layoff notices, according to state records. Before the latest series of cuts,the company had announced 2,800 layoffs, about 29% of its work force, sinceNovember when it employed 9,790, including 7,700 in Wichita.
Wichita Tribune Eagle
 
Mercedes-Benz
plans to cut an additional 200 jobs at its Alabama auto assemblyplant by the end of this year, part of the latest effort to bring production in line withslumping global demand. Officials at the German automaker's plant in Vance, AL metwith employees Tuesday to announce a new series of cutbacks that will go into effectnext year. The plant now employs about 3,000 people and will offer buyouts, as wellas retirement and early retirement packages, with the goal of cutting 200 jobsthrough that process.
Birmingham News
 
Midwest Airlines
has informed the state it will put 26 more pilots and 33 moreflight attendants on furlough in October. In a layoff notice filed with the WisconsinDepartment of Workforce Development, Midwest said the furloughs are expected tobegin October 31. The furloughs stem from Republic Airways Holdings Inc.'sacquisition of Midwest on July 31. Republic is replacing Midwest's fleet of Boeing717s with Embraer 190s. The new furloughs are in addition to the company'sprevious announcement it is laying off 40 pilots and 55 flight attendants.
Biztimes.com
United Airlines
has furloughed another 290 pilots, part of previously announcedplans to shrink its work force. United has said it aims to shrink its work force by7,000. It has been making periodic furloughs and, in some cases, layoffs to movetoward that goal. The new furloughs bring the total number of United pilots out of work to 1,164, according to the United branch of the Air Line Pilots Association.
Bay News
 
 
 
TRENDS
FMCSA Examines Safety Fitness
 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is developing a safety-oriented initiative that aims to identify unsafe carriers and drivers and to hold them
accountable for “sustained performance by regularly determining their safetyfitness.” As the term “safety fitness” implies, the FMCSA will track not only drivingrecords but also records related to a driver’s health “to focus
attention on driver
physical qualifications.” Ultimately, if enough information is gathered, every carrier
and driver will receive a safety rating.Given the potential impact of the rating on carriers once the initiative isimplemented, fleet managers, safety directors and recruiting directors have yet onemore reason to be concerned about the health and wellness of their drivers, as well
as their drivers’ safety records
.
Here’s a summary of a report on the initiative:
About 5,500 people die each year as a result of crashes involving large commercialtrucks or buses, and about 160,000 more are injured. While the fatality rate forthese crashes has generally decreased over the last 20 years, the decline has leveledoff in the most recent years. FMCSA shoulders the primary federal responsibility forreducing these crashes, fatalities and injuries and recognizes the need to makeimprovements if it is to achieve further substantial safety advancements.A key FMCSA effort to improve motor carrier safety is im
plementing the agency’s
Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) initiative. Through CSA 2010,FMCSA expects to reduce motor carrier crashes, fatalities and injuries by using betterways to identify unsafe carriers and drivers; assessing a larger portion of the motorcarrier industry and holding carriers and drivers accountable for sustainedperformance by regularly determining their safety fitness; and expanding the rangeof interventions to be used with carriers and drivers that fail to comply with safetyrequirements. After two years of planning, testing and assessment, the initiative isexpected to be fully implemented in 2010.FMCSA expects that CSA 2010 will provide safety benefits by enabling the agency to:(1) increase its reach by assessing whether most motor carriers and drivers are safeand holding them accountable by regularly determining their safety fitness; (2)enhance its investigative and enforcement actions through the greater use of lessresource-intensive interventions; and (3) improve its ability to identify safetydeficiencies through better use of data. Under CSA 2010, all carriers
andeventually all drivers
with sufficient safety data available will receive a safetyrating that is periodically updated. Currently, FMCSA is able to provide safety ratingsfor relatively few carriers and for no drivers.CSA 2010 will employ a progressive array of interventions that can be tailored tomatch the severity of the safety problems they are intended to correct. CSA 2010intends to use new data -- such as information from police accident reports aboutdriver-related factors contributing to a crash and by improving existing data sources(for example, using its database of licensed commercial drivers to identify all driverswith convictions for unsafe driving practices as well as the carriers they work for) --to enable a more precise assessment of safety problems.

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