posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 11:25 PM
I am a driver in the Denver area. I have heard talk on the CB of a few drivers heading to DC for this protest and I truly feel that their attempt to
get their voices heard will fall upon deaf ears. If I am wrong then so be it...I would be happy for some positive change in the peoples favor. The
main issue I see is this, our HR manager stated, "if you would like to go to Washington and join in, that's totally fine. You may not however, drive
your company tractor. If you are under a load and shut down for a strike, it will be seen as abandonment of company property and you will be
terminated." The last thing a driver wants on their DAC report is an abandonment...you are better off with a hot UA. I can guarantee a large
percentage of trucking companies have relayed a similar message to their drivers. That pretty much leaves the owner operators to go and hit the loop
and unfortunately, thanks to the big companies undercutting freight costs, owner ops are few and far between.
An example of this. I was an owner op for a while. I ran a dedicated route from Laredo, Tx to Chicago, Il for $3.25/mile. Contract came up and the
winning bid was $1.75/mile. Impossible for me to hang with. That is one of the points I hear these drivers want to bring up in Washington...why do the
fat cats get fatter and we have to starve and be their "slaves"?
We are also tired of the rules and regulations being slapped on us. They change every year it seems like. Someone who has never sat in a truck is
telling us how and when we can drive. Stupidity in my opinion. Oh how I miss America.
First post on here. Sorry if its irrelevant to discussion.
Surfin this site for a while and this was my first post so I thank you all for your time.