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As the pandemic raged and basic goods went missing from our favorite stores’ shelves, the supply chain links involved in getting a product from point A to point Z were illuminated. And, turns out, one of the most imperative is truck transportation. Yet, given the job’s demands and workforce demographics, the trucking industry was already experiencing a decline in drivers. The pandemic compounded this trend, while creating a marked increase in e-commerce and home-delivered goods. As a result, the last two years have seen companies lose even more long-haul truckers. But one big-box giant is changing that.

This April, Walmart raised salaries for first-year truckers to between $95,000 and $110,000 annually.

The average American trucker’s salary is about $56,491. Walmart, already known for paying its truckers better than average, is nearly doubling that. But will other large retailers follow suit? Moreover, is the importance of a well-linked supply chain changing the way companies think—not only about truckers, but about all employees involved in getting goods from the manufacturer to seller to end-user?

Wage increases, across the supply-chain employee spectrum, suggest the answer is “yes.”

According to Material Handling & Logistics News, 59 percent of supply chain workers received a salary increase during the pandemic. And the trend isn’t limited to the U.S.

In Britain, for example, a recent survey shows that truckers and dock workers have become more appreciated by the general public than teachers or the police. Commenting on the survey’s results, Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, said, “More of the public have also woken up to the complex, sophisticated supply chains that deliver our just-in-time lives and businesses.” (Source: Financial Times)

And this appreciation isn’t just a matter of words. In 2021, British truck drivers’ salaries rose—some by as much as 40 percent overnight, according to a BBC article.

 

While Brexit has factored into the loss of truckers in the U.K., other reasons cited match those here in the U.S., including an aging workforce entering retirement, relatively low wages, workers pivoting to less-grueling industries, and COVID-19-related concerns—all in addition to the exhausting nature of the job, itself.

Back in the U.S., supply-chain staffing woes may get worse before they get better. For example, as West Coast union dock workers’ contracts move toward June expiration, the possibility of strike looms. Relatively well paid by standards typically attributed to “blue collar” jobs, longshore workers cite the dangers associated with their work and the huge profits made by the companies whose goods they move.

With both dock workers and truckers willing to leave their jobs, might Walmart’s move to raise its truck drivers’ wages signal a new value applied to supply chain workers at large?

Jonathan Starks, chief intelligence officer at FTR Transportation Intelligence, thinks so. In a multi-published statement, Starks said it was “likely other firms would follow Walmart’s approach to lift pay for drivers, including for-hire carriers . . .” (Source: Financial Times)

As for Walmart, not only are they looking to hire truck drivers, they’re also looking to keep them.

Those ways aren’t yet clear, but one thing is: All organizations that rely on supply chain workers will need to step up their recruitment and retention offerings.

Tony Lopez, Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics Services for PRIDE Industries, concurs.

“Companies are having to look at industry-competitive compensation in real-time, to stay ahead of the curve, or risk losing applicants,” said Lopez. “They also risk losing their existing workforces to companies that pay more—and are right around the corner.”

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“More of the public have also woken up to the complex, sophisticated supply chains that deliver our just-in-time lives and businesses.”

(Source: Financial Times)

“In that moment when you really connect with a client, you get to see what an incredible impact a job has on their lives.”


Job coaches are essential to our mission, as they help thousands of people with disabilities reach successful, long-term employment. By providing custom one-on-one training, tailored to each individual, coaches empower their clients to earn confidence, self-sufficiency, and growth in their positions. Job coaches also work with businesses to request disability accommodations or job carving for their clients—creating win-win situations for both employers and their dedicated employees with disabilities. 

We are fortunate to have many dedicated job coaches on our staff. But we also need your support. By donating to The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation, you make it possible for us to hire more job coaches and ensure employment success for more people with disabilities. 

The nonprofit social enterprise is named a VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer Honoree

Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries has earned the designation of VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer, as part of the 2022 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The acknowledgement recognizes the nonprofit social enterprise’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community.

 

“PRIDE Industries has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to veterans and the military community through its efforts to recruit, support, and promote those who served our country bravely,” said George Altman, managing director of VETS Indexes.

 

As the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of veteran employers, the VETS Indexes Employer Awards’ in-depth survey and recognition program analyzes employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes, in detail, across the following five categories:

  • Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring
  • Veteran employee development and retention
  • Veteran-inclusive company policies and culture
  • Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves
  • Military spouse/family support

“PRIDE Industries’ VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer rating once again demonstrates our commitment to seeking and supporting veterans’ employment opportunities,” said Major General (Retired) Casey Blake, Chief Operating Officer at PRIDE Industries. “Another strong validation that we’re ‘all in’ when it comes to supporting America’s heroes and their families.”

 

PRIDE Industries recognizes that the experience veterans gain serving our country makes them valuable employees. The organization currently employs hundreds of veterans in all areas of the company and has provided support and services to thousands more in the form of coaching, ensuring job readiness, and providing employment placement assistance.

 

“VETS Indexes recognizes companies dedicated to providing employment opportunities and careers for our nation’s veteran heroes and their families,” said Frank Goehringer, Veterans Liaison at PRIDE Industries. “This award, however, really belongs to the veterans, disabled veterans, and their spouses. Veterans represent one of our nation’s richest talent pools.”

 

Resources for veterans include PRIDE Industries’ one-of-a-kind I AM ABLE employment helpline [(844) 426-2253], a dedicated Veterans Liaison, and a Military Skills Translator tool that helps veterans match their skills and talent to a civilian career. In addition, PRIDE Industries can help veterans access paid internships as well as mentoring and training programs. And to help other companies increase their hiring of diverse candidates, including veterans, the company provides recruiting services through its Inclusive Talent Solutions service.

 

“One of the best ways to help veterans is to connect them with fulfilling and meaningful careers at organizations where they can develop their skills and grow into senior leaders,” said Altman. “As a VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer, PRIDE Industries has proven to be a welcoming home for veterans and military spouses who want to start the next phases in their lives.”

 

Nearly 120 organizations submitted surveys to be considered for the awards, including large and small companies, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, colleges, and universities. Of the organizations who participated in the award process, PRIDE Industries was one of only 24 to receive the VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer recognition.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

About VETS Indexes

VETS Indexes is an independent provider of custom indexes within the Environmental, Social and Governance arena.  Drawing on deep and broad industry experience, we construct and disseminate thematic impact indexes for investors, exchanges, and asset managers which serve as the underlying portfolios for financial products. As the world’s first resource for U.S. Military Veterans’ themed indexes, our mission is to provide innovative solutions that recognize the value created by the mission critical mindset, unique skill sets, and specialized training that veterans bring to the workplace. Our Mission also includes a commitment to always donate a significant portion (target of 20% and no less than 5%) of our net profits to charitable organizations that support the wellness of our Military Veterans and their families. Learn more at VETSIndexes.com.  

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Las personas hispanohablantes ahora podrán llamar al teléfono (844) I-AM-ABLE para conseguir ayuda para empleo para personas con discapacidades

Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries ha añadido trabajadores sociales hispanohablantes a su línea de ayuda I AM ABLE, una exclusiva línea directa de empleo para personas con discapacidades y otras barreras para conseguir empleo. Se incluyen veteranos militares, individuos que han estado bajo cuidado tutelar, y sobrevivientes del tráfico humano. Lanzado en 2021, este servicio gratuito basado en el estado de California, conecta a personas en el estado con recursos de apoyo, entrenamiento para trabajo, y oportunidades de empleo. Las personas pueden contactar la línea directa bilingüe llamando al número (844) I-AM-ABLE o (844) 426-2253, o visitando la página web iamablehelpline.com.

 

“La línea de ayuda es un lugar centralizado para que las personas en California se conecten con el apoyo y las oportunidades que necesiten”, dice Jeff Dern, Presidente y Director General de PRIDE Industries. “Y ahora, la comunidad hispanohablante en nuestro estado también podrá obtener acceso más facilmente a estos programas y servicios”.

 

La tercera parte de los residentes de California habla español, y para algunos de ellos, el español es su idioma principal. Al añadir una opción en español a su línea de ayuda de empleo, la empresa social sin fines de lucro busca hacer su línea de ayuda más accesible a miles más de personas anualmente.

 

PRIDE Industries lanzó la línea de ayuda I AM ABLE como parte de su misión de crear empleos para personas con discapacidades. La línea tuvo un éxito inmediato, ya que muchas personas estaban llamándo aún antes de que se anunciara el servicio oficialmente. Un análisis interno por la compañía reveló que más del 85% de las personas que llamaron a la línea de ayuda no estaban enteradas de los servicios disponibles para las personas con discapacidades y otras personas que se enfrentan con barreras para conseguir empleo.

 

“Una gran parte de lo que hacemos es educativo”, dijo Casandra Hatfield, Gerente de la línea de ayuda I AM ABLE. “Informamos a las personas cuales son los programas para los que se califican, y cómo pueden alcanzarlos. Muchas de las personas que llaman pasan luego a recibir servicios por medio de programas nuestros. Nosotros en PRIDE Industries proporcionamos el entrenamiento vocacional que las personas necesiten, y aún podemos ayudarles a buscar un puesto, ya sea con nosotros o con uno de nuestros muchos socios de empleo. Y todo empieza con esa llamada a la línea de ayuda”.

 

La línea de ayuda I AM ABLE es uno de los múltiples servicios que ofrece PRIDE Industries, que ha estado ayudando a personas con discapacidades a lograr sus metas laborales desde 1966. Como parte de su misión, la compañía opera varias líneas de negocio, incluyendo manufactura y logística,
servicios de cadena de suministro, mantenimiento de instalaciones, y servicios de personal y reclutamiento. Sus clientes incluyen tanto entidades gubernamentales como empresas privadas.

 

“Todos nuestros servicios de la línea de ayuda se han hechos basados en más de 55 años de nuestro compromiso de hacer el empleo más accesible a todas las personas”, dijo Dern. “Animamos a las personas con discapacidades a hacer la llamada y empezar su camino hacia grandes oportunidades de empleo y a realizar su verdadero potencial”.

Respecto a PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries provee excelencia comercial con un impacto social positivo. Como empresa social, proveemos servicios de operación de instalaciones y servicios de mantenimiento, servicios de custodia, manufactura por contrato, cadena de suministro, servicios de empaque y cumplimiento, y servicios de personal y reclutamiento para organizaciones privadas y públicas en todo el país. Fundado en 1966, PRIDE Industries tiene la misión de crear empleos para personas con discapacidades. Por medio de nuestros servicios de empleo personalizados, ayudamos a individuos a realizar su verdadero potencial y llevar vidas más independientes. PRIDE Industries comprueba el valor de su modelo de una fuerza laboral inclusiva por medio del éxito operacional realizado diariamente a través de múltiples industrias. Adquiera más información en la página web https://PRIDEIndustries.com
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Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries has added Spanish-speaking caseworkers to its I AM ABLE Helpline, a one-of-a-kind employment hotline for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, including military veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors. Launched in 2021, the free, California-based service connects people in the state to support resources, job training, and employment opportunities. People can contact the bilingual helpline by calling (844) I-AM-ABLE or (844) 426-2253 or by visiting iamablehelpline.com.

 

“The helpline is a one-stop shop for people in California to get connected to the support and opportunities they need,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “And now, the Spanish-speaking community in our state can more easily access these programs and services as well.”

 

Spanish is spoken by one-third of California residents, and for some, Spanish is their primary language. By adding a Spanish option to its employment helpline, the nonprofit social enterprise seeks to make its helpline accessible to thousands more people every year.

 

PRIDE Industries launched the I AM ABLE Helpline as part of its mission to create employment for people with disabilities. The helpline was an immediate success, with people calling in even before the service was officially announced. An internal analysis by the company revealed that more than 85% of helpline callers are unaware of the services available for people with disabilities and others who face barriers to employment.

 

“A big part of what we do is educational,” said Casandra Hatfield, I AM ABLE Helpline Manager. “We let people know which programs they qualify for, and how they can access them. Many callers go on to receive services through our own programs. At PRIDE Industries, we provide the vocational training people need, and we can even help them find a job, either with us or with one of our many employment partners. And it all starts with that call to the helpline.”

 

The I-AM-ABLE Helpline is one of multiple services offered by PRIDE Industries, which has been helping people with disabilities reach their employment goals since 1966. As part of its mission, the company operates several lines of business, including manufacturing and logistics, supply chain services, facilities management, and staffing and recruitment. Its customers include both government entities and private businesses.

 

“All of our Helpline services are built on over 55 years of commitment to making employment more accessible to everyone,” said Dern. “We encourage people with disabilities to call and begin their journey to great job opportunities and realizing their true potential.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it evident that a clean and sanitary environment is essential to a safe and healthy workplace. Now more than ever, the two million workers in the U.S. custodial industry are shouldering a critical responsibility.

 

For over 15 years, PRIDE Industries has provided custodial and environmental services to private, public, and military customers. Our dedicated employees, including thousands with disabilities, are responsible for our success.

 

Martha Sanchez, a custodian in Monterey, California, exemplifies PRIDE Industries’ standards of excellence. Since 2017, she’s worked hard to keep the Defense Language Institute (DLIFLC) sparkling clean. Located at the Presidio of Monterey, the Institute is part of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, and is one of the top U.S. schools for foreign language instruction. It provides education in more than a dozen languages to U.S. Armed Forces members.

 

Martha waxes floors, cleans rooms and offices, shampoos carpets, and empties trash receptacles. By contributing to the facility’s health and safety, she supports our nation’s military service members as they train to carry out crucial communications across the world.

 

For Martha, working at the Institute is more than a job. She takes pride “in keeping our customers happy, adhering to stringent cleaning standards, and sharing the special feeling of teamwork.” As she says: “I continually receive positive feedback from the customers after I finish cleaning their office or work areas.” Indeed, Martha has received several compliments from the Institute’s staff for her adroit cleaning and friendly attitude.

 

Martha credits PRIDE Industries’ personalized training and job coaching for helping her become the valuable employee she is today.

 

“My job coaches have trained me to become an expert in my field,” explained Martha. “My job means everything to me! It even motivated me to get my driver’s license to obtain reliable transportation. My goal is to advance in my career and to train for a leadership position. As an essential worker, I feel good about keeping our military members safe during the pandemic.”

 

“We all appreciate Martha’s reliability and her can-do attitude,” said Janitorial Supervisor Rita McKim. “She always goes above and beyond.”

 
 

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“My job means everything to me! It even motivated me to get my driver’s license to obtain reliable transportation. ”