TA Lays Off 3,000 Employees, Pilot Company Donates $100K to Charity Helping Truckers
Little Rock, AR – In this edition of Truck Stop News: Travel Centers of America (TA) is laying off more than 3,000 employees and Pilot Company makes a $100,000 donation to a charity serving truckers in need.
Travel Centers of America Lays Off 3,000 Employees
TA is the first major truck stop chain to announce a lay off of employees due to the crushing fallout from widespread shelter-in-place and other COVID-19 mitigation policies.
On Friday, TA released a statement about the toll state and local policies have taken on its business, and more specifically, its restaurants and employees.
“Primarily as a result of its full-service restaurant closures, TA has made the difficult decision to furlough approximately 2,900 field employees, as well as approximately 122 corporate employees,” the company said. “All furloughed employees currently enrolled in TA’s benefits programs will continue to be eligible for health care coverage based on their plan. Impacted employees are eligible to apply for enhanced unemployment benefits under the CARES Act.”
Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA, also discussed the lay offs calling the decision “very difficult.”
“We believe this step is necessary to preserve the long-term success of our company and to ensure our essential services remain available for the millions of professional drivers who rely on us daily,” said Pertchik.
TA is the nation’s largest publicly traded full-service travel center network and has more than 21,000 employees serving customers in over 260 locations in 44 states and Canada.
Further, the company operates nearly 650 full-service and quick-service restaurants and 10 proprietary brands, including Quaker Steak and Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride.
TA’s announcement stands in stark contrast to an announcement earlier this month by Love’s Travel Stops that it is looking to hire 2,000 additional workers.
Love’s said job positions are available for its travel stops, country stores, truck care centers, Speedco locations and its Oklahoma City headquarters.
Read more about this HERE.
Pilot Company Makes $100,000 Donation to St. Christopher’s Relief Fund
Less than a week after Love’s made a $100,000 donation to St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), Pilot Companies says it has done the same.
In a statement from Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Company, he said, “When professional drivers are in need, we want them to know they can depend on the help provided by the St. Christopher Fund. We must work together as an industry to ensure drivers have the resources they need to safely do their jobs, support their families and keep the supply chain moving. Despite these difficult and uncertain times, professional drivers continue to go above and beyond, and we are honored to do our part in supporting them with this donation.”
“Thank you, Pilot Company, for your generous and continued support of St. Christopher Fund,” said Shannon Currier, SCF director of philanthropy and development. “Professional drivers are facing this virus head-on as they crisscross the country delivering the essential supplies all Americans need, and this donation will help ensure that SCF will be there for our highway heroes when they need us most.”
Pilot Company has partnered with SCF since 2015.
Truckers needing assistance from SCF can apply HERE.
Photo courtesy of TA