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KBR truck drivers win a major victory in the ongoing battle with KBR regarding being forced to work “off the clock”. The KBR management war cry of “84 and no more”, meaning a driver could only document 84 hours per week on their time sheet even though they were forced to work much more, meant drivers were forced to risk their lives and work for free in a profession with the highest civilian casualty rate in Iraq.
KBR truck drivers initiated class arbitration proceedings before Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) on November 1, 2007, asserting that KBR breached their employment contracts with them and other employees by failing and refusing to pay them for all hours worked.
JAMS arbitrator, Michael Loeb granted class certification Thursday to KBR truck drivers who said KBR Inc. breached an employment agreement by pressuring them to under-report hours worked under the military’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract in Iraq.
While most cases involving unreported overtime should be dealt with on an individual basis because they usually involve different supervisors giving different orders to different employees, the current dispute is not a “typical ‘off-the-clock’ case,” according to arbitrator Michael Loeb. Read the remainder of this entry »
Even though I was a KBR electrician, I think KBR truck drivers are the most under appreciated under-recognized of all KBR employees. I believe there have been more drivers killed and critically injured than any other group at KBR. KBR drivers haul everything from drinking water, fuel, ice, mail, food and even the hooches (CHU’s/trailers) the soldiers and civilians live in. If it weren’t for the drivers we very well could have been sleeping on the ground, eating bugs and drinking water out of the Tigris River. YUCK!! A personal “HATS OFF” TO ALL KBR DRIVERS!!
They put in long hours. Much of which is on the road dodging bullets, rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s) and improvised explosive devices (IED’s). Many hours are also spent loading and unloading and waiting……and waiting……and even more waiting.
Rumor has it that KBR has been contacting current and former truck drivers in Iraq about a pending arbitration against them in San Fransisco in which drivers are claiming they were forced to work “off the clock”. KBR has been trying to get drivers to help them by asking them to sign declarations or sworn statements they recorded all their hours they worked as drivers in Iraq. If you or anyone you know has been contacted by KBR in the last couple months and asked or “encouraged” to sign anything about hours worked I would like to hear from you. Either leave a comment or email me.