Could a Trucker Shutdown Be a Reality?
Can It Accomplish Anything?
The facts as Trucker To Trucker has been able to determine would seem to indicate that the thinking is out there about the possibility. Perhaps still in its infant stages, but nevertheless it seems like it could grow beyond truck stop talk.
The issues for truckers are long hours, separation from family, substandard pay, inadequate benefits, increased living costs and the failure of many in the industry to address those realities. Truck safety standards are being raised from already high levels, which is a good thing, but the cost of maintenance and the time it takes to insure the proper level of safety has also risen. Mexican trucks being welcomed in the United States is not a positive addition to the already challenged trucker.
The price of fuel has increased exponentially over the last several months and oil companies, transportation companies, brokers and others all seem to be recouping their costs plus profit while the trucker continues to be squeezed from all sides as a producer delivering the goods and as a consumer attempting to support a family. The profit pie does not seem like it is being divided fairly.
Brokers never reveal their individual truckload profits, but few are going out of business, while many independent truckers and small companies are struggling to make ends meet.
Certainly there are a number of current issues that are the cause of angst, concern and frustration by drivers which might result in some sort of strike or boycott.
The question is – what exactly are the goals and what remedy is available for truckers. Who would represent the truckers? To borrow a line from past government policies – what is the exit strategy? How would one know if the goal was accomplished?
Then again Trucker To Trucker may not be measuring the pulse correctly
– what say you?