Is golden rush for truckers coming soon with looming rail strike?

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  1. Jubal Early Times

    Jubal Early Times Heavy Load Member

    Oct 17, 2022
    Unless customs doesn’t clear it. Then it sits there until they get around to it.
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  3. m16ty

    m16ty Road Train Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    I guess it is possible a train could be faster, if you are a big company that moves a lot of cars and both the pickup point and the delivery point both have rail service, but it is not the norm.
    Railcars can sit on sidings or rail yards for weeks on end, and then still have to have trucks to move it to and from the rail on both ends. As a general rule rail is much slower.
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  4. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    IMHO there will not be any strike or work stoppage...
    Economy is too fragile and dependent at this point so the government will subsidize anything the railroads have to give to settle this before the 10 day window rails use to prepare.
    Most likely during next week.
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  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    true but both uncles getting rich off you. Just depends on the carrot being dangled.
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  6. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    It's a pretty good carrot. I enjoy it.
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  7. rch10007

    rch10007 Medium Load Member

    May 26, 2007
    Madison, AL
    The rates have gotten high enough to get me out of the house next week. I'll hopefully be on the road until Christmas...
  8. NYStarcar

    NYStarcar Light Load Member

    Oct 6, 2020
    In a van down by the river
    It would most definitely affect regional haul type operations negatively
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  9. m16ty

    m16ty Road Train Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    Everybody is saying the Government will step in and fix everything before the strike happens. I'm not so sure about that. The "government" brokered a deal that postponed the strike, but it then put it into the individual worker's hands to vote on the agreement. Honestly, all the "government" cared about the strike is they get it postponed until after the election. It's out of government and union leaders hands now, and they are just waiting for the votes to come in. It wasn't a great deal for the workers as it really didn't address the reasons for the strike in the first place. The grievances they had didn't have much to do with pay, it had to do with hours worked and time off, so just throwing more money at it won't make everybody happy. Add to the fact that the government can't just "give" the RR money, it has to be voted on by congress.

    The main issues the rail workers have is time off and hours worked. My Granddad worked for the RR, my Dad did for awhile, and I know several others that have worked or are still working for them. When you work for the RR, the RR owns you. They work you into the ground, and will call you back in during your Mother's funeral if they want to and you better show up. The only plus sides are even though it's a lot of hours they don't work all that hard, and the pay is great. I know several that have quit the RR for lesser paying jobs, just to get out from under their thumb. The RR attitude is the only reason you live is to be at their beck and call.
  10. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    Very South Texas
    These threads are the best!

    I read the first couple of posts, then saw someone mention a strike, then skipped aalllll the way to the end to enthusiastically to make this post!!

    And I’m fairly confident this post, by yours truly, is atleast a top 5 (maybe top3!!) post in this thread!

    In fact, if you only read this post, I’m fairly certain that you will have gained enough knowledge and perspective to walk away from this thread fully satisfied!!

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