YRCW partners with Women in Trucking Inc.

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YRC Worldwide Inc. announced a partnership with Women in Trucking Inc., an organization established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize the obstacles they face. Through best-in-class programs and initiatives, YRC Worldwide and Women in Trucking aim to address the real and perceived barriers that exist in the transportation industry, particularly for women.

“YRC Worldwide is proud to work collaboratively with Women in Trucking,” says Jim Kissinger, executive vice president of human resources for YRC Worldwide, based in Overland Park, Kan. “By doing so, we’re better able to explore and address the industrywide misconceptions that have historically discouraged women from considering transportation as a career.”

The partnership includes:

  • Additional memberships for 25 female YRC Worldwide drivers to Women in Trucking. In addition, Maggie Peterson, a YRC professional driver, already serves as a Women in Trucking board member;
  • Joint development and administration of a national survey of women truck drivers on workplace issues such as driver training, safety, job satisfaction and other issues;
  • Discussion with the travel center industry about the possibility of developing a scoring system for truckstops around the country detailing cleanliness, safety and other relevant issues raised by the survey;
  • Expansion of current recruiting programs to encourage the interest and hiring of women across a variety of positions, including dock workers and drivers;
  • Improved training benchmarks and programs designed to improve hiring and the work environment for women;
  • Development of information addressing safety issues for female truck drivers. Pamphlets will be available for use throughout the trucking industry, including truckstops and distribution to YRC Worldwide female drivers;
  • Outreach to major truckstops on interstate highways to encourage a more female-friendly environment, specifically improvements in cleanliness, safety and bathroom/shower facilities; and
  • A continuing spotlight on the achievements of YRC Worldwide female drivers.
  • In addition to the partnership with Women in Trucking, Kissinger says that YRC Worldwide intends to continue and improve support for minorities and veterans as well.

    “We are pleased to be a part of the YRC Worldwide initiatives to create a more driver-friendly environment for both men and women in the trucking industry, especially the issues that have been identified as priorities for women,” says Ellen Voie, president and chief executive officer of Women in Trucking Inc. “These include safety and security, convenience and amenities, but more importantly, these initiatives will help women find opportunities and success in a currently male-dominated industry.”