sThe time is here for the United Federation of Commercial Drivers! I have been pondering this for some time. How do we go about changing the entire trucking industry? Let's look at how others do it. The big player is the ATA. They have members and lobby for them, especially in Congress but also in the press. They get taken seriously because of their size and membership. They put out a press release and it gets published. Also, there is OOIDA. I like OOIDA but I think they do too much in Washington DC for owners and not enough for company drivers.
There are many terrible trucking companies waiting for their next victim to call a recruiter. Having a lobbyist in Congress won't change that. We need to come together ourselves, take actions and make changes happen PETA style. PETA is very effective because they take immediate on the ground action that gets results. We can be the PETA of trucking! Seriously, though, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Trucking is and will always be a great career but many never stay long enough to realize that.
By joining together we can take that immediate action to change trucking. Here are some of the things we can do with more to follow:
Let's get on the phone! Right now most companies simply ignore me when I write to them. What if we called their recruiters? I mean, clog the lines for days until they respond. We will get an email then. Get your Google Voice number ready!
Billboards. Yes. We put up billboards (electronic) near these companies. It would be great if there was a billboard right by a terminal. An arrow pointing down "DON'T WORK HERE!"
Legal help. Many drivers have their paychecks shorted or they don't get paid at all. I want to get a lawyer on board who will give discounted services to us, like a lawyer letter. That get's the attention at a company way better than a simple email.
The press. We will be able to get our message out in the press the more members we get.
Bullhorn. I'll go to companies and yell at them with a bullhorn. Sound ridiculous? Think I can get a reporter to come over?
Change requires action but it also requires money. So, I am opening membership HERE. There is also a bill of rights you should look at and make suggestions for more or for changes. There is a private Facebook page for the group as well. Once you join find it and request to join the page. I will verify membership and let you in. We can discuss what we are doing there. Also, post bad companies, no bathroom situations, long waits and all that. There will be a video about this as well but I wanted to get this out there first.
Initially we won't see much change so I need everyone to spread the word. Tell your friends to join and send links to the page everywhere you can. Mighty oak trees start as a tiny acorn.
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.