posted on Apr, 1 2008 @ 11:51 AM
It started in Harrisburg PA and in Maine. CNN this morning did a report on Forest Park GA (south side of Atlanta). This is the first I have heard of
Yes, it seems to be happening, but as I pointed out on another thread, this is not a strike! It is a protest, and one I agree with. I
don't intend to shut down, however.
If I were independent, I probably would. But I drive for a dedicated account. My company would lose that account should too many drivers shut down.
Those drivers would lose their jobs, along with the ones that kept running. Another company would pick up the account, and nothing would change.
J.B. Hunt put out a message to all the fleet yesterday that they would not be participating in any protest/strike/shutdown/what-have-you, although
they support the cause of the owner-operators. The high fuel prices are hitting everyone hard. I do the best I can to help by getting fuel at the
cheapest stops, but I still see prices that would give me an aneurysm if I were paying that bill.
In the last attempted strike in the 90s, several punks (most weren't even involved in the industry) decided to 'help' by throwing rocks off
overpasses onto trucks. A few fired shots at trucks. A few drivers died. Today, I will be leaving on my regular run, to perform my job in an attempt
to feed two young children who have a bright future ahead of them. I hope that I return safe and sound tomorrow night, to continue to help them toward
that future. To anyone who wants to 'help' this year, please don't.
I am saying prayers for all my driver friends, as well as for myself. Should anyone else wish to join me, it will be appreciated.