Detention time has always been a problem in the trucking industry. Detention is when you sit waiting to get loaded or unloaded. I have always maintained that time should be paid for company drivers. Many companies want you to wait 2 or more hours to get it. What the heck is that? Would you send your teenager to work their first job if that job said their first 4 hours were unpaid? It is ridiculous and it should end. How do we end it? Well, if all company drivers were paid hourly plus OT it ends right there. Barring that, OOIDA is having a movement to change the FLSA that exempts truck drivers from minimum wage and overtime laws but that only goes so far. Minimum wage is not each hour, its all hours in a week. Example in easy numbers: You work 40 hours. 10 of those hours you sat without pay. Your check at the end of the week is $500. No problem because 40 hours at minimum is $290. The real solution is hourly plus OT for all time logged. I bet you wouldn't cheat your log then!
Why not owner-operators? O/O always forget that they are business owners. You negotiate a rate and accept it. That's on you. Company drivers are employees. We take no risk but get no reward. O/O take the business risk to get more (hopefully). Welcome to owning your own business!
Don't forget that I am live today at 1pm EST! I am feeling under the weather so the show may not go as long as usual. We will see.
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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.