I keep getting asked about this so I want to talk about it. I'll probably do a video on it as well. Next April 12 truckers are supposed to stay home or go see their representative rather than working. This will teach the industry a lesson! No, it won't. There is a group, Truckers stand as one, that seems to be promoting this. I won't link to their website because it is not secure. What does that mean? Look at the web address of sites you are on. Does it start with https or http? The "S" means the site is secure. Just like Black Smoke, it matters. You can choose to go look at it if you want.
Even if everyone took the day off, what is that supposed to accomplish? Each driver is having trouble in a different area. Some drivers need more pay, some don't get detention, some feel parking is a problem. Many of these issues are not solvable by the government. You want to get paid for detention? Stop sitting for free. The government doesn't regulate pay in this country. Do you want them to? I doubt it.
A better solution is to strike an individual company. For example, Company X may make drivers wait 4 hours and then pay $10/hr for detention. On April 12, every one of their trucks parks and sends a message to call whoever they have decided. Well, as the company sees hundreds of messages with trucks parked all over, I bet they make a call. You do this to a large company. How long before they agree to up their pay? A few hours, likely. "But Mark, they will just fire the drivers!" Um, no way. As soon as they fire you, you are no longer responsible for the unit. Do you really think they are going to leave hundreds of trucks and loads all over the country? Very unlikely.
After you do this to only a few companies, the rest will talk without any further walkout. First, though, you need to find a spokesperson and pick a large carrier. Stop looking to the government to solve your problems. They are the one that creates problems.
See you on the road!
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.