i totally agree with you...i picked up a trailer in aiken,s.c. going to anderson,s.c. a few months back the trailer had a damaged slider box...i contacted matainence and described the damage, i also called my fleet manager...the left side of the slider box was seperated from the frame about 3 inches...a serviceman was called and he determined he couldn't fix it where i was at so he told my matainence department that he needed the trailer over his shop, which was in beach island,s.c. 32 miles away...i informed matainence that i didn't want to pull the trailer because of the safty factors involved...he told me to pull the trailer...i said no and i "red lined " on the spot,and put it out of service...i was told to pull the trailer or(this was implied) i would be fired...so i pulled the trailer(loaded)...when i got to the mechanic shop i was told by the owner that i had to go unload the trailer...again i said no...i was threatened again with being fired...this time i had the mechanic chain the box to the frame which made it somewhat safer...i traveled back the 32 miles and transloaded the trailer then brought it back again 32 miles and put the trailer down in the mechanics yard...i was paid for 27 miles actually traveling 96 miles.(this was because rand/mcnally miliage chart)...i was hauled down on the carpet by the hunt safty department and blamed for the damage to the trailer, and put on 6 months probation...j.b. hunt won't take responsability for defective equipment if they can find a scapegoat such as they did with me...there are other drivers who i've spoke to that they have done the same thing to...liars? yes...and they will do whatever they can to place the blame on a driver...never hook up to a damaged trailer even if they threaten you with firing...once you hook up...your responsable...JB Hunt's benefits are pretty good and the pay isn't too bad. The people that you work for leave alot to be desired. Not much honesty or care for the drivers, at least from my experience.
Not sure about the status of the terminal, but they had a hiring freeze in Florida and several other States for a few months, but they have lifted that freeze as of a couple weeks ago and now hiring again.I heard the Jax yard was going to close, Don't know if it is true. I do know they have a hire freeze on Fl. At least anyone South of I-10.
But I also heard now remined you all this could be nothing more then rumor that Hunt was going to regroup and start buying new equip.(driver talk)