I am getting sick of places not having a bathroom for truck drivers. They forever use the excuse of COVID but that is simply not true. This time we have Black and Decker in Jackson, TN.
Drivers are expected to relieve themselves outdoors, in PUBLIC, at below freezing temperatures. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. It also violates the 5th Amendment to the National Truck Driver BILL OF RIGHTS. It is time for this mistreatment of truck drivers to end. I wrote to Black and Decker but have received no response so we need to take action. At the bottom of this will be contacts for you to make with your Google Voice number or emails. I also want drivers to tell their companies that this is not acceptable. We will be silent NO MORE. First, education. Now, ACTION.
Please, as always be polite but be firm. Let them know that it is not acceptable to have to PEE ON THEIR BUILDING IN PUBLIC and that they are in violation of the National Truck Driver Bill of Rights for not providing a bathroom. Tell them they are being reported to the authorities and if they have further questions send them to UFCD.ORG. You could also give them my email Mark@TruckingAnswersNation.Com if you want. There are also press contacts here, let them know what is going on. Ready? Let's do it!
B+D Dispatch 731-512-3006
B+D Warehouse 731-512-3067
B+D email CorporateRequest@sbdinc.com
Let the press know:
Jackson Sun (paper) firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a news tip to WBBJ TV
Let Madison County Health Department know you have to pee (or whatever) in public on a building. On THIS form you can check health department.
If you do Twitter you can retweet my message or cut and paste this one. Just takes a second.
B+D In Jackson TN forces truck drivers to pee in public outside. NO bathrooms. Reprehensible.
Be sure to include all of those @ because that is who needs to know about it.
What does your company say if you tell them you can't access a bathroom somewhere? Curious.
Now, let's get to work!
In light of the Canadian convoy there have been dozens of groups popping up on FB and all over wanting to organize the same in the United States. The problem is they are not of one mind. Going through some of them their "demands" are quite different. Some that are great and some that are downright kooky. Crazy far out demands are just going to get you label as a weirdo. Having a spokesman that looks like he just emerged from 25 years living in a cave is not going to help the cause. I started the United Federation of Commercial Drivers so we would have one voice and all under one banner. I have a bill of rights there that covers all drivers. If all these groups do not come together at one place and speak together they will not accomplish their goals. This is actually part of the problem in Canada. I have watched and their list of grievances is growing. You need to have that nailed down BEFORE the negotiation. Adding things later does no one any good. I have written to a few of these groups with no response. If you know leaders there put them in touch with me. I would like to see this happen but heck, I have already seen at least 4 different convoy routes posted. Real change can come but we must come together to do it. If you haven't done so please join the private FB group of the UFCD and consider joining as a member. If we can grow this bigger we will get official 501 status but that can only happen if people join. Simply complaining has gotten us no where, as we see.
In a recent article on Landline Media, Chris Spear is quoted as saying there is simply a chronic shortage of talent. He means there is a driver shortage. The ATA continues to push for more legislation to make it even easier to get a CDL. As if it isn't easy enough as it is. I would say there is a lack of talent at the ATA HQ. This is a tired line and I think they should get a new one. Now they want to recruit more women and minorities into trucking. I guess they have run out of who would be traditional truck drivers to take advantage of so they are branching out. While it may be good to encourage all people to pursue a career in driving, the ATA should work at improving the working conditions of drivers rather than trying to attract new drivers. If they just kept more of the people they already have they would not need as many new drivers. Let's face it, trucking is not that attractive of a career to most women, especially OTR trucking. I suppose local driving is a different story. Lack of bathrooms, poor treatment from men in the industry, low pay and the myriad other problems cause women to stay away. This could be the proof that women are smarter than men! Seriously, though, I would like to see the ATA just one time call out its own companies on the treatment they give to drivers. When a company, any company in any industry, has a turnover rate of 100% plus, it is the fault of the company. I will ask them why they don't do this at the Mid-America Truck Show in March. They usually have a large booth.
We can change trucking if we work together. To do that check out the United Federation of Commercial Drivers. Join the private FB page and consider joining the UFCD as a member!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.