Before I went out on the road I was a city driver for a large Canadian trucking company with a terminal in the Buffalo area.
I reported to work one morning and there was a brand new dispatcher at the city window. He gave me a trailer# which I could tell was a 20 ft sea container and told me to go to goodyear Vinyl plant in Niagara falls. I asked him what I was getting there and he told me to just do what I was told. I said I was only trying to help him.
He informed me that he was not only a dispatcher, he had a degree in transportation engineering, that he would never need any help from a driver and if the company wanted me to dispatch, they would not have hired him.
I said not a word, went to the falls and was 7yh in line to get to the dock at Goodyear. When I called the dispatcher he wanted to know how long I would have to wait. I told him I couldn’t hazard a guess because I had not even finished high school. About 3 hours later I got a space at the dock and the shipping supervisor who knew me well asked me why I was there with a 20 foot trailer when we always filled up a 40+’ one.
I told him to call the trucking company and ask at city dispatch for the transportation engineer. I headed back to get the right size trailer. It took about 20 minutes and our “transportation engineer” was fired before I got there.
I was offered a job as a dispatcher after I quit my previous trucking company but they only wanted to pay $10 a week more that a drivers 40 hour pay and I knew the dispatchers were salaried and frequently worked 12 hour days and never less than 10. I couldn’t afford the pay cut and it would have taken me out of the Teamsters pension plan.