TRUCKERS GET A MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Photo By: Aaron Kittridge
They asked for it and now they finally got it. Truckers have been protesting outside the White House for 19 days, and their airhorns have been heard…literally, the airhorns were disrupting an outdoor briefing. But now, a select number of truckers are being invited in to the White House to have a meeting with some big wigs. It hasn’t been announced yet as to whether or not President Trump will attend the meeting himself.
So why do the truckers want this meeting? The main complaint is that truckers feel that brokers are not being very fair in their rates, and taking advantage of the pandemic. It is obvious, if you are in the trucking business, that rates have been terrible over the past months. And the truckers are accusing brokers of paying low rates while the brokers are still being paid high rates by customers. It’s becomeing quite the hot button issue.
So the truckers are asking for more broker transperency. They want the federal government to make brokers abide by regulation 49 CFR 371.3, which would make them divulge rate information. It certainly is a tricky situation. On one hand, truckers have a right to make a living driving their truck and not be gouged when there are really no grounds for it, but on the other hand, most broker firms are private companies, and might not want all their financials available to the general public.
I’m interested to see how this turns out.
More than 20 million people have lost their job during this whole Coronavirus pandemic. And out of those 20 million people, 88,000 of them have been in the trucking industry. The closest the transportation industry has ever come to these type of numbers was back in 1994 when teamsters went on strike against 22 trucking companies.
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