New truckers strike?

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Could be bad...I've seen first hand how this works,I worked for a family operation that only had 4 trucks,and getting a fuel surcharge is a fucking nightmare. The little guys just can't afford to eat the extra expense all the time,and a big chunk of the cost of fuel is tax anyway.

http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/03/19/news/iowa/doc47e03e9ea03bd427238845.txt?sPos=3
What started as a small, online grassroots effort now appears to have the potential for something bigger.

Dan Little, the owner/operator of a livestock hauling company in Carrollton, Mo., estimated Tuesday that at least 1,000 other truckers from across the United States have committed so far to joining him in a strike on April 1.

Although none of the truckers interviewed Tuesday at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, which is just off Interstate 80 west of Davenport, has heard of the intended strike, some said they would shut down, too.

Weldon Kinnison, a Virginia trucker who was hauling soft drink from Indiana to Denver, heard about the plans for a strike for the first time Tuesday while stopping at Walcott.

“I’m an owner/operator with the American Truckers Association,” he said. “I’d park my truck for a week with the cattle haulers.

“The fuel is too high, and there’s no reason for it. I don’t listen to the CB (radio) that much, but I guess I’ll start now.”

At issue is the rising cost of diesel fuel, which has reached or exceeded $4 per gallon in at least 17 states. But Little does not expect his strike to bring down the per-gallon price of gas, nor does he expect to have any effect on the oil companies.

“What I would personally like to see is our federal and state governments, until our economy recovers, suspend federal and state fuel taxes,” the 49-year-old said. “The second thing I’d like to see is an oversight committee for truck insurance, which is part of what’s taking us down.

“The average owner/operator is paying $600 to $800 a month for truck insurance. It’s based on personal credit, which means the monthly cost is going up for a lot of truckers because their credit is going down.

“Everything in the world is going up (in price), except for what we do. I lose money if I start my truck, and that truck is paid for — free and clear.”

Mike Hills, a driver from Wyoming, Iowa, said he also would shut down to support Little and the others — if he could.

“I can’t strike with them because I’m company,” he said while at the Walcott truck stop. “If I owned the truck, I’d strike with them. As far as I’m concerned, the gas prices are driving the economy.

“It might be a good thing if the drivers strike. They can’t make payments. Maybe if the oil companies bought all the trucks, things would change. Everything in this country is trucked.”

Hills then removed his wristwatch, using it to explain his point of view: “Every piece of this watch was trucked from somewhere. If you can’t keep up with the trucks, we’re all screwed — not just this country, but the world.”

Keith Deblieck, the owner of a trucking company out of Geneseo, Ill., said that, for many drivers, the time for a strike has come.

“They ought to strike,” he said. “We all ought to. They lose money every day they go out.”

But officials from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are encouraging truckers to find options to a strike. The trade group represents the interests of more than 160,000 small business trucking companies and drivers.

“If we told our operators to shut down, we’d be slapped with a lawsuit because of anti-trust,” said association spokeswoman Norita Taylor, adding that a poor economic outlook and rising fuel prices are creating “a lot of emotions” among truckers.

“It’s hurting these people who are living paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “People are upset. What can we do?”

One thing the association is trying to do is talk to lawmakers and truckers about making sure that surcharges being charged to shippers are getting back to the people who paid for the gas. Surcharges are supposed to compensate for high fuel charges, but they must be negotiated with each shipper, and the truckers who pay at the pump aren’t always first in line to receive the surcharges.

Even when the surcharges do make it back to the driver, they are not enough.

“I turn down loads every day,” Little said. “The loads aren’t the problem — never have been.

“It’s the only thing I know how to do, driving a truck. But I sold my trailer the other day, and I’m not buying another one until something gets done.

“In no way, shape or form do truckers want to hurt this country. My whole deal on this thing is that I’m shutting down on April 1. Call it a strike, a shutdown or just flat-ass going broke.”

Jim Johnston, president of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, warned that a strike “is not the answer,” saying, “Calling for a strike without the support of the majority would show weakness rather than strength, and the result would be increased economic hardship to the small percentage of truckers who do participate in the shutdown with no gains to justify their sacrifice.”

Little said he has no other choice.

“Our federal government is subsidizing railroads, airlines, banks and farmers,” he said. “Meanwhile, we’re being taxed to death.”
 

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I have to run to Atlantic City today to tie in a water service I installed Friday... I filled my fuel tank on my 350 chevy work truck Fri morn...84.00 @ wa wa.... i drove 100 miles..( round trip ). im now on E.


fuel has gone up 20 cents since Friday... so what the fucks that mean , 100.00 to drive to Atlantic city? you could fucking fly to Florida for 100 bucks.

this shit really pisses me off. Fucking scumbags.
 
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I'm surprised that they haven't had a strike already. Hell, back in the late '90s they had a short little piss off about diesel when fuel hit like $1.50 a gallon.

Now it's $4 a gallon and they are just now talking about a boycott. I thought it would have come sooner.

We all need to suck it up and boycott. Lets all take a one week vacation and fuck Arabs. We can take transport, carpool and ride bikes for a week.
 

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The problem is trying to get truck drivers to do anything together. I'm sure Don will be on my side on this one.

I can understand, and wish it would change things. But alot of company drivers will not shut down. There are alot of O/O but alot of them don't have a reserve to make a couple truck payments. They are working paycheck to paycheck. Miss a couple payments and thier truck is gone.

Alot of the "O/O" is a lease to own that is tied to a company where they can't shut down or, you guessed it. They lose thier truck.

So lets say, it does happen.. trucks shut down. Drivers lose thier trucks. What will happen????

We need more visa's for non-us workers to do jobs that American's wont do.

Just my thoughts. I could be wrong, but unless you have spent some time on the road, and talked with drivers, you really need to do some research.

Check OOIDA

Wish things would change, but I don't see it happening anytime soon.
 

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I was on my way in to the terminal here in West Sacramento, CA and looked athe latest cost of diesel....it was $4.15 a gallon. How can any independents out there survive on having to pay $4.15 a gallon? Im so glad Im a company driver...
 

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I was on my way in to the terminal here in West Sacramento, CA and looked athe latest cost of diesel....it was $4.15 a gallon. How can any independents out there survive on having to pay $4.15 a gallon? Im so glad Im a company driver...
Fuel surcharge and getting really lucky to get the right price on the right freight. Doesn't happen often at all. In fact VERY rarely. I'm a company driver as well. Just put 170 gallons in my tank at $3.99 in Findlay, Ohio...$679.30. Half the tank will last me till mid-day tomorrow.

We've gotten countless Qualcomm messages to "...idle only when necessary", "buy fuel only at approved fuel stops", etc.

This "strike" won't do shit to the prices of diesel if it happens. The demand elsewhere in the world is nearly as high as our demand...some places higher. As long as that demand is there, prices won't lower 1 cent. The government needs to allow drilling in the U.S. again before we see any lax in fuel prices. Until then I wouldn't be surprised to see $4/gallon for Regular Unleaded by May. I'm sure diesel will jump to $5 by then.
 

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There is ALWAYS someone trying to organize a truckers' strike. I've been doing this for 10 years and at least once per year I hear this same fucking story.

If the drivers went on strike, Canadian and Mexican trucks would haul the freight for cheaper anyway. Strikes don't work these days.
 

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We've gotten countless Qualcomm messages to "...idle only when necessary", "buy fuel only at approved fuel stops", etc.
I refuse to work for a company that uses Qualcomm for that reason. The day a company stops fucking the drivers on fuel bonus is the day I'll stop idling to stay warm/cool and picking truck stops based on who has clean showers and good food as opposed to picking over fuel prices.

Until my paycheck reflects the fuel savings I don't give a shit.

(And yes, I have owned my own truck and had to pay for my own fuel before. I know what it's like.)
 

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You gotta get $2 a mile to cover expenses now? To me,it's sadly like alot of other things now,the govt. has killed the independent trucker. Cut govt. bullshit in half and maybe things would change. All the different taxes and permits and paperwork and bullshit,and at the same time the country's infrastructure is like a third world country. Where's all the money going?
 
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:clap: Alright. Ive heard alot of talk this week (3/27/08) about trucks shutting down next week. Nice, but the problem is that I cant details from anyone on the radio or searching the web for a site related to it. WE NEED TO PREPARE IN ADVANCE for something like this. you cant expect to talk about it one week and do it the next. I've been working on a website, TRUCKS STOP HERE.com that will be up in two weeks. THIS IS MY IDEA... the website is made up of a few questions as a survey that will help us decide on WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW kind of stuff. THEN if the site is visited enough and we kind of see a direction then i'll UPDATE the questions to be more specific and hopefully come to a conclusion within a COUPLE OF MONTHS. IT NEVER WORKED BEFORE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PREPARATION. Thats hopefully all we need. Ive heard company drivers say they want to help out too but, my concern is, IS THERE A WAY FOR COMPANIES UNDER CONTRACT TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT HURTING THEMSELVES? Dont give up, its bad but, not impossible yet. TRUCKS STOP HERE.COM :clap:
 

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:clap: Alright. Ive heard alot of talk this week (3/27/08) about trucks shutting down next week. Nice, but the problem is that I cant details from anyone on the radio or searching the web for a site related to it. WE NEED TO PREPARE IN ADVANCE for something like this. you cant expect to talk about it one week and do it the next. I've been working on a website, TRUCKS STOP HERE.com that will be up in two weeks. THIS IS MY IDEA... the website is made up of a few questions as a survey that will help us decide on WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW kind of stuff. THEN if the site is visited enough and we kind of see a direction then i'll UPDATE the questions to be more specific and hopefully come to a conclusion within a COUPLE OF MONTHS. IT NEVER WORKED BEFORE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PREPARATION. Thats hopefully all we need. Ive heard company drivers say they want to help out too but, my concern is, IS THERE A WAY FOR COMPANIES UNDER CONTRACT TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT HURTING THEMSELVES? Dont give up, its bad but, not impossible yet. TRUCKS STOP HERE.COM :clap:
This website has a better chance of organizing a strike.
 

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Truckers Strike to Protest Fuel Prices

Truckers Strike to Protest Fuel Prices


AP
Posted: 2008-04-01 18:39:55
Filed Under: Business News, Nation News
TRENTON, N.J. (April 1) - Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.




Some truckers, on CB radios and trucking Web sites, had called for a strike Tuesday to protest the high cost of diesel fuel, saying the action might pressure President Bush to stabilize prices by using the nation's oil reserves. But the protests were scattered because major trucking companies were not on board and there did not appear to be any central coordination.

On New Jersey's Turnpike, southbound rigs "as far as the eye can see" were moving at about 20 mph near Newark, said Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando. Other truckers had gathered at a service area near Newark chanting and protesting.

Outside Chicago, three truck drivers were ticketed for impeding traffic on Interstate 55, driving three abreast at low speeds, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez.

Near Florida's Port of Tampa, more than 50 tractor-trailer rigs sat idle as their drivers demanded that contractors pay them more to cover their fuel and other costs.

"We can no longer haul their stuff for what they're paying," said David Santiago, 35, a trucker for the past 17 years.

Santiago, like many of the more than 50 truckers gathered on a side street near the Port of Tampa, said he can't support his family on what he makes. "If it wasn't for my wife, we would have been bankrupt already," he said.

"The oil company is the boss, what are we going to be able to do about it?" said Charles Rotenbarger, 49, a trucker from Columbus, Ohio, who was at a truck stop at Baldwin, Fla., about 20 miles west of Jacksonville. "The whole world economy is going to be controlled by the oil companies. There's nothing we can do about it."

Jimmy Lowry, 51, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and others said it costs about $1 a mile to drive one of the big rigs, although some companies are offering as little as 87 cents a mile. Diesel cost $4.03 a gallon at the Jacksonville-area truck stop.

Teamsters union officials said they had nothing to do with any kind of protests. An independent truck drivers group, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said it also was not organizing anything. Federal law prohibits the association from calling for a strike because it is a trade association.

In Washington, meanwhile, top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies said Tuesday they know high fuel prices are hurting consumers but deflected any blame and argued their profits — $123 billion last year — were in line with other industries.

Rather than joining the protests, some truckers were forced to sit idle because of shippers' fears of a possible strike.

In western Michigan, independent trucker William Gentry had been scheduled to pick up a load and take it to Boston, but his dispatcher told him there was a change of plans.

"She told me that her shipper was shutting down," fearing that someone would sabotage deliveries if their drivers worked during the protest, Gentry said at the Tulip City Truck Stop outside Holland, Mich.

He and Bob Sizemore, 55, a 30-year veteran trucker, decided to return to their homes in Ohio, 280-mile trips that would cost each one about $200 of their own money for fuel alone.

"We can't ride around here looking for freight," said Gentry, 47, a driver for 23 years.

If something isn't done about fuel prices, the cost of consumer goods will shoot up, Gentry said. "People aren't seeing that the more we pay, the more they're going to pay," he said.
http://news.aol.com/business/story/_a/truckers-strike-to-protest-fuel-prices/20080401133109990001
 

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Update.

[media]http://youtube.com/watch?v=8wkfY2uwnn8[/media]

Well its happening now.
 

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I still say it's a pointless gesture. It's only going to shorten the time it takes for the roads to be wide open to Mexican trucks. Canadians are already running everywhere for less than we make, and it can only get worse. Besides if these owner operators knew how to run a fucking business they could get enough fuel surcharge to actually make more money when fuel prices are higher.