Why aren't truckers in the driver's seat?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jptrick, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    It's simple....there is no shortage, never has been.

    This is an advertising campaign tactic used by companies to bring in the untrained at lower wages. Keep the grist mill churning.

    What business owner wouldn't jump at the chance to reduce his overhead? Simply join the ATA, and all things are possible. You even have a lobbyist in DC.

    Drivers have ZERO advocates in DC.

    In the drivers seat? Strike and see where that seat is located.

    I'm amazed at the number of drivers who still haven't figured out what the impact of a strike would mean for them, and their families.

    I'm also guessing that the majority have never had the opportunity to sit down with a "super patriot" Federal Officer and discuss the issue.

    It's not a pretty picture.
     
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  3. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

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    people dont see the larger picture

    we need unions, drivers are against a union
    we need lack of micromanaging, drivers are for micro managing
    we need to communicate and netword, drivers dont even turn on their cb's
    we need camaraderie, drivers dont even hold on traditional etiquettes amongst each other
    whatever drivers need to do, they refuse to do, so we are our own worse enemies

    just look at how varying our opinions are on some basic things on this forum

    so logically, you are correct
    in reality, you are in a fantasy world
     
  4. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

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    There is not a shortage, if large amounts of freight were not being hauled, rates and pay would instantly increase. What there is, is an insufficient supply of suckers willing to take, or stay in, low paying positions, or abusive fleeces.
     
  5. NDBADLANDS

    NDBADLANDS Medium Load Member

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    I wish I could agree with your post but I cannot. It is a private business and they will operate at a profit or they will not be in business. The only control you have as a driver is who you will or will not work for. If you are going to wait around for them to treat you better and by doing so their bottom line decreases.......you are going to grow old waiting.
     
  6. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    I am not going to wait around.

    I am the owner of my company.

    I also am the driver.

    I see it from both ways.

    I have friends that drive for companies and they are treated like slaves and paid like them.
     
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  7. NDBADLANDS

    NDBADLANDS Medium Load Member

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    Then your one of the lucky ones.......and have a great boss to boot and I bet "your" boss treats you good.:biggrin_255:
     
  8. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Sometimes.

    Those friends want me to buy trucks and put them to work.

    I got out of the office to get away from headaches.
     
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  9. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

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    personally, i believe every driver should have their own truck (like a mechanic has his own tools)

    we have a skill and we have tools, it makes little sense to use the bosses tools, he dictates the conditions, but if you have your own, you can choose when to work, how much to work and what you will not tolerate

    its like renting an apartment vs owning a home
     
  10. NDBADLANDS

    NDBADLANDS Medium Load Member

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    They say nice guys finish last........maybe you can make history and be first NICE guy to finish first ! It's a nice thought anyway, right?
     
  11. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Also married. She has the final say.
     
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