Who is our political voice?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Soonermark, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    With nearly 4 million active drivers, it could be a power base to work from.
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  2. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    and 4 million times harder to organize, unfortunately
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    ATTENTION ---->>> political statement ahead. ​

    To the op, we are a scattered and fractured industry that has a lot of greed and selfishness driving it.

    We don't think group think, many of us cry about trivial things that we see but the bigger things we just ignore.

    OOIDA is very selective and with some issues pays lip service to appease people. I have confronted their leadership on issues that are really important, and they were never ELDs or what exemption that one or another group needs but serious issues that if allowed to snowball will put a lot of people out of business.

    I tell my drivers vote. if not registered, then register and vote.

    Don't care if they vote for Hillary or Obama or the devil, they need to vote.

    Once they vote, then they have a small voice but still a voice.

    When they call their representative to support one or another issue, they actually will see your voting record.

    AND if you to talk to someone - you will talk to a staffer more likely than the actual rep, don't waste their time, don't ramble on about other things, use your personal experience to get them to listen, and make it detailed but concise.

    Remember don't expect a comment back, it may not happen.

    IF you want to be really effective, then get a number of people (5 to 15) from your district or state to meet with your rep, make an appointment with someone in their office, and go there as a group with ONE or TWO issues, not a dozen and tell them how it effect YOU, not the industry, not other drivers but YOU.

    Don't remind them about you voting, don't threaten them, don't do a thing but tell your stories, take a few selfies and leave.

    ALSO just as a reminder, it pays to donate to their campaign. Just saying money is important.

    OK admins, if this isn't OK to post, just delete it.
  4. d o g

    d o g Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Let's just keep the political bickering out of it and I think we'll be okay here.
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    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    President Trump is cutting through the red tape and BS,so people can Actually Work,without being a Fugitive etc.JMO
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    The ATA was created to represent trucking companies. American Trucking Association.
  7. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    American (Mega) Trucking Association (ATA).
  8. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Trucking companies, not truckers, that is, not individuals that own a truck.
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  9. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Large groups get attention. The fact that drivers can’t pull together is one of the reasons nothing gets done.
    Yes, it could take a little or your time to do something.
    5 minutes on the phone, 15 minutes to knock out an email. A little reading.
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    U are ur own voice driver
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