Company drivers might get $25,000 each!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by rachi, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    I have a truck,,,,
    I have keys to a truck at least.
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  3. Jepperd

    Jepperd Light Load Member

    Feb 12, 2015
    Tucson, AZ
    A few years back I worked for an owner hauling freight for a mega. One night at a truckstop a driver employed by the same mega was hard up for cash - I guess he picked me because we hauled the same color trailer. His wife needed the money in their account for bills and food so he couldn't hit the ATM. He was hungry and payday was still a few days off. Would I buy some one ounce silver coins from him so he could eat? He had a stack of them in a prescription bottle. 2 for twenty bucks. Sure. I couldn't have cared less if they were real or fake. The guy was a legit driver going hungry. I would have given him the twenty. The guy was already down so I didn't point out that if he hadn't spent his money on silver he would still have the cash to buy a meal. Silver was 18 bucks then. It's 18 bucks now. I wear the 2 coins in the bandanna on my hat to keep it down when the wind blows.
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  4. Wargames

    Wargames Captain Crusty

    Jul 22, 2010
    WITH LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES. Guberment going to say " Wait", and never going to happen.
  5. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Indianapolis, In
    It's just a proposal that won't happen. Maybe a watered down version.
    But it's not 25k lump sum. It's a$13 per hour raise. The money would be paid to employers to pay the increased hourly wage. How many trucking companies will find a way to keep at least some of that money? 30%? 40? 75%? Personally I think the number would be near 95% will find a way to keep some. Greed is too rampant in this landscape to think otherwise.
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  6. Soundx3Soljah

    Soundx3Soljah Light Load Member

    Jan 4, 2020
    I like the term “hero” being used very loosely. The average company driver in today’s trucking has less than a years worth of experience and shares his truck with another ex con making the equivalent of about 12 bucks an hour. I’d hardly call sitting in a cab smoking cigarettes all day and moving freight for swift at slave wages being a hero but what do I know...

    My first instinct is to say employed essential workers shouldn’t get any type of stimulus. Then I look at what the average driver earns and has to endure these days and I quickly change my mind. Some of these drivers could make more money sitting at home, literally. And every mega loves to tell you they’ve invested in employee raises. But adjusted for inflation you’re still better off flipping burgers... I remember the days of hearing about 3.00 per mile freight for O/O. Now you’re lucky if you get 1.50. It’s a shame what’s happened to this industry.
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  7. jon69

    jon69 Medium Load Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    The $25000 is just to keep people's hopes up. To get people excited. Never will happen. Not even $2000.

    As for the $600/week unemployment. Good luck with that. Every system in every state is jammed and not working. Try getting through by phone- it's impossible. People waiting 8 hours or more and by that time the office is closed for the day.

    Also the $1200 stimulus checks. I know of NOBODY who has received one. Then I read in the paper the govt admits to there being a 'glitch'. They don't know when the 'glitch' will be fixed.

    So all in all...nobody is getting anything and I wouldn't get my hopes up.
  8. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Medium Load Member

    Nov 25, 2019
    Yeah ok a Democrat would include truckers in that. Schumer just threw that in there.
  9. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    0 wife and I got our stimulus checks. I don't know why we were so lucky.
  10. slim6596

    slim6596 Medium Load Member

    Dec 1, 2015
    I got my stimulus money.
  11. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

    Jul 8, 2014
    East Coast
    i got $3900 deposited in my account
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