AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Time is money. I remember the truckers , owning their trucks, and coming to my warehouse in the late 1980’s – 90’s. They came up North with a full load and returned with a full load. The industry collapsed after the crash of 2008. Truckers are entitled to pay, while waiting to haul freight. Folks added onto the original schedule, can be billed for extra time. Why should Truckers lose pay, when customers can’t maintain a schedule? Trucking is grueling work and drivers deserve compensation.

On 1 May, a group of about 75 truck drivers with Truckers Movement for Justice held a protest outside the US Department of Transportation (DoT) offices in Washington DC to demand action on wage theft in the form of a lack of overtime pay and unpaid wait times for delivering or taking on loads, and a lack of transparency of freight bills that have contributed to cuts in drivers’ compensation.

The group said they met with senior officials from the DoT in 2021 as part of Joe Biden’s trucking action plan, a set of initiatives meant to increase the supply of truck drivers by creating new pathways into the profession, but that they have yet to see any movement on their three core demands.

“We’ve lost our patience. This has been going for years and has only gotten worse with the lack of federal action. We don’t need taskforces and studies,” said Fernandez, who also serves as deputy secretary for Truckers Movement for Justice.

Pay for truck drivers has dwindled in recent decades even as the industry has consistently complained it can not find enough drivers. When adjusted for inflation, the average pay for a truck driver in the US in 1980 was about $110,000 annually, compared with about $48,000 today. More than 2 million Americans work as truck drivers in the US today.

Ray Randall, a truck driver for over 20 years who has worked across the US said he had spent hours in line at ports, unpaid.

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