Here's another fact about truckers: Following the deregulation of the
trucking industry, wages for drivers fell by almost 40%. We have a shortage of
truckers according to this piece. The so-called free market should have an easy
solution: pay them like they used to.
Airline pilots and Train crew workers, Do they work this many hours? And are
they away from there families as long. Pilots I think work 16 days a month and
Railroad Engineers and Conductors probably work similar schedules. Train crews
are probably gone more than airline pilots.
And owner-operator truckers are treated like dirt by the trucking outfits they
contract with. A few years back I was on an Amtrak train between NY and
Chicago. In the diner across from me at breakfast was such an owner-operator.
He described in great detail how slight his margins were and how badly guys like
him were treated. Truck driver schools are always advertising, because so many
can't take the abuse. They shouldn't have to.
When I was a young kid I had an uncle I really looked up to. Because of him I
wanted to be a Bishop and a truck driver. He was a very cool guy, and family
diners at his house were awesome. All I can say in hindsight is be careful
what you wish for - you might get it. Fortunately for me I didn't get all
what I asked for.... but close enough...
A lot of tobacco use too, and that does not help.
Seem that value is messed up when we pay sport gladiators millions but the guys
that bring food to us are treated like a dime a dozen.
One more remark. The plight of truck drivers illustrates the fate of labor when
it does not have effective representation, e.g. the Teamsters. Where the
Teamsters are, there is some relief. Where they are not, especially
owner-operated rigs, the working conditions are brutal. The owner-operated rig
should be an ideal, you know individual owned enterprise. But it isn't
because they have to contract with a big operator and that is not a equal
pairing. There's a lesson here - without union representation,
labor's situation deteriorates badly.
Deregulation destroyed the lives of truckers, and also a lot of great companies
No problem. I'm sure Google can come up with a semi that can drive itself.
So true! The vital job of the truck driver means they sacrifice daily to bring
comfort to everyone else. The "lifestyle" is to live in a truck,
generally only get paid when the wheels are turning, have time wasted by
shippers/receivers when loads are not ready, knowing the federal clock is
ticking of how many hours you can drive in a day IF you are still able to and
not too tired OR have your carrier tell you drive anyways in violation. Truckers
are often UNwelcomed to park which severely limits exercise ability and choice
of food. Current training system is poor, unsafe, wages are comparable to being
a fast food worker, sometimes lower when you calculate the hours you are way
from home. The public needs to see that professional drivers serve their
country. They should not have to fend for themselves each day for safe parking,
a decent shower, toilet facilities and healthy food. It takes a very special
person to do this type of work. The public needs to become more aware that
“industry” has been compared to "sweatshops on wheels" and
"indentured servitude operation" at some of the big carriers who lure in
Add Pacific Intermountain Express (PIE) to the list of trucking companies no
longer in business..
Drivers need to take the skin cancer problems very seriously. I lost my trucker
husband to malignant melanoma. It was his second round of it having had it first
in the Army (again in a profession that had him constantly exposed to sunlight.
Lesson learned for me so when I started driving I kept a can of sunscreen with
me. Carry sunscreen my friends! Protect your skin!
I think you will see the wages of truckers rise over the next ten years. This is
one job you simply can't outsource. As other people have pointed out,
trucking is not one of the success stories of deregulation.
The biggest lie being spewed on fox and am radio is that we have too much
government in our lives. In reality, we have too little government in our
lives.Too little regulation on Wall Street.Too little
regulation on the banks.Too little regulation on health insurance to make
sure they aren't gouging us.Too little regulation on industry.Too little regulation on commodities to make sure they aren't gouging us
with high gas prices despite supply being sky high.Too little regulation
on payday loan lenders.Too little assistance in protecting the American
worker.If you let the "free market" decide then 99 percent
of us turn into slaves. That's why government was created to help level the
playing field. Teddy Roosevelt must be rolling in his grave seeing what the Koch
bros and GOP has done to America.
To Henry Drummond: I hope you are correct, but in our current economy the law of
supply and demand seems to have no effect on wages for working people.
They'll bring in Mexican trucks and truckers to replace our "highly
paid" American workers before they'll agree to raise wages for
This is a good example of WHY I am no longer a Republican.Deregulation, Union Busting, Out sourcing,the demise of
America's Middle Class, and yet -- The money IS there,
WallStreet and it's greedy Mega-Billaires are at an all time High
right now off of the sweat of the Laborers who are actually doing all the
producing.These are the real "takers" of the our economic
system.And it runs diametrically opposed to God's Law of the
Harvest.Gadianton's -- every single one of them.Which is why I oppose them.
Actually Roland, the laws of Supply and Demand are in full effect. You just
described it! This has hit other industries as well (construction and any type
of maintenance work come to mind). The influx of illegal immigrants and their
subsequent status leaves them a population to exploit. Illegal immigration
hurts the immigrant and the US Citizen worker.We blame capitalists
for choosing their lowest price option but we as a people are no different. Buy
anything at Harbor Freight lately?To Real Maverick's point...We
need the government to have AND enforce common sense immigration law. I
disagree with his "Too little.." list but controlling our borders is a
legitimate function of our federal government that they have been sorely
negligent in.As for truckers and unions, when the shortage starts
eating into a company's bottom line...The conditions of employment will
change. Until then, why should it?