Friday, March 14, 2008

Why doesn’t OOIDA call for a strike?

It’s a trucking nightmare – 16 states averaging above $4 fuel. Calls for a shutdown are common, and here at OOIDA we are slammed with phone calls and e-mails from truckers whose businesses are suffering. This week, 90 percent of the thousands of calls we’ve received are about the cost of fuel. Many are asking why OOIDA does not call for our members to strike.

As a trade association, it is not possible for OOIDA to organize a shutdown because it would be a violation of federal anti-trust laws. Criminal penalties could be imposed, those businesses and individuals who claim to be adversely affected by a strike action could initiate civil lawsuits, and the existence of the Association could be jeopardized.

I know many of you feel you are at the end of your rope; however, a strike is not the answer. Here’s why: Most small business truckers will not support a strike and will not shut down for the period of time it would take to be successful.

The reason for this is that the current fuel crisis does not affect all truckers in the same way. Many truckers have asked for and received fuel surcharges from their companies. Others have not. Many truckers have the cash reserves to cope with the bad times, and many do not. In addition, fuel prices are markedly higher in some regions of the country than in others, thereby making it more difficult for some truckers than for others who are less affected.

Calling for a strike without the support of the majority would show weakness rather than strength, and the result would be increased economic hardship to the small percentage of truckers who do participate in the shutdown with no gains to justify their sacrifice.

78 comments:

  1. in PORT NEWARK NEW JERSEY we as owner operators (leased to company)about 8,000 of us are going to stop are trucks on march 31 because we can not operate are trucks at the prices that the companies are paying ..every year the rates go down.i'm getting paid half of what i got paid 20 yrs ago and the diesel was 79cents a gallon. the diesel in northern new jersey is at $4.10 per gallon

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  2. Dear Mr.Johnson,
    Many of us in the trucking industry have done as reason dictates concerning the impact of high fuel prices.
    Freight brokers are still not passing through fuel surcharges which mitigates high fuel prices.
    Yesterday, I faxed 64 letters to the Congressmen and Senators that sponsored the Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act of 2005.It will be interesting to see if I ever get a response.
    In a way I feel your frustration with how trucking has deteriorated since the oil embargo days of the 70's.
    As fact of the matter we are discussing,I researched the actions of Congress in 1974 that addressed this very matter of Fuel Cost Equity and Fuel Surcharges.
    It took an emergency act of congress to save trucking then and we feel that the same emergency currently exists.
    I'm sure that with the input you get, you are very aware that trucking needs the same kind of help today.
    We need an Emergency Act of Congress as soon as possible!
    Trucking, as we knew it just last year, will not survive until the presidential elections let alone into the summer of 2008.
    Any hopeful reaction from Washington at that late date will doom tens of thousands of owner-operators and small business carriers.Sadly,the family's will suffer the most.
    I am a small business owner-operator with one remaining tractor and spread axle reefer trailer.I live in Binghamton,New York and operate Longstreet Trucking.
    In January of this year I was interviewed by the AP News Service concerning the high cost of fuel and freight brokers.The interview clip made it onto MSNBC.
    During my two months of hauling ice to Katrina victims, I contracted with IAP(FEMA)and during that time I was interviewed on television twice.Once in Selma,Alabama and again in South Portland,Maine.
    Without spokespersons the media will not react to our desperation and it becomes private agony.
    It is my sincerest wish that like minded people will find their voices in Washington.
    Very truly yours, Roger Carpenter
    Friday,March 14th,2008

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  3. I agree with your views on a strike, but I would wholeheartedly support a stay at home trial for two weeks FUEL CONSERVATION PROGRAM. After that if fuel prices didn't come down extend the program for another two weeks at a time until they did. I think Congress would probably see the need for an across the board fuel surcharge.

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  4. not that a strike is needed, but the government should step in and do like they did with the farmers and put a cap on what then can charge for a gallon of fuel like they did with milk

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  5. Your right, a strike will only hurt little operaters like myself and others. I'm not sure what the real answer is but over the last 19 years ive been in this buisness, if congress can stick their noses in baseball and other personal matters they should take the money we pay them and do something about this,,,. They say that they want to help slow a "recession" that we are coming into, by sending checks to the individuals. Well how about letting them know if they dont do something about this fuel price they can find new jobs next election. We pay these people to represent us...lets make them...flood them with emails and phone calls...it can be done!!! There is plenty they can do,,release reserves, drill in Anwar,,they carraboo will survive ,,,. So to the lease ops and the o/o and independant truckers like myself,,lets stop whinning like little children and make them work for us!...thanks ooida for the comment space,

    Cliff

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  6. The Jimmy Hoffa of old didnt give a damm about the feds, why should we. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WHEN WE WATCH THE NEWS DAY AFTER DAY AND NOTHING IS EVER MENTIONED ABOUT DEISEL AND TRUCKERS, ONLY ABOUT FOR WHEELERS AND GASOLINE PRICES WHICH BY THE WAY ARE .70 CENTS HIGHER THAN GASOLINE. WE NEED TO GET THE MEDIAS ATTENTION NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. IS THERE A REASON WHY THE NEWS NEVER MENTIONS ANYTHING ABOUT DEISEL AND TRUCKING? ONLY ABOUT GASOLINE AND 4 WHEELERS HMMMMMMM!
    WE NEED TO GET THE MEDIAS ATTENTION. HOW DO WE GET THERE ATTENTION HMMMMMMM! SEEMS TO BE A NO BRAINER TO ME!!

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  8. A MILLION TRUCK MARCH ON WASHINGTON......I dont agree with the Article. Something needs to be done to attract attention to this. There are tens of thousands of truckers on the verge of bankruptcy. Where are the headlines? Truckers are in dire need of action, any action.... Complete silence is not doing us any good... Farmers get Governmenr subsidies... We need relief, rebates or whatever it takes to keep our trucks running. A million truck march on Washington.

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  9. BS, that is what I think of your no strike comment. It did work in the 70s and it sure as hell worked for the Teamsters. Maybe what we need is a strike where anyone who is NOT striking, would have to know there will be consequences to that person so Well, kind of like in the 30s & 40s, 50s etc when the Truckdrivers went on strike then they all knew not to be a strike breaker. What is really needed is not just some companies being union but ALL truckdrivers are Union. Then, like in France, Germany etc, when they go on strike, ALL truckdrivers go on strike.
    What bugs me is YOU guys at OOIDA, who got your begining from a truck strike, to be running so scared now. Did you all join the ATA? Larry Schroeder, Des Moines, IA 30 driving veteran

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  10. At $4.00 a gallon, the oil company's have now declared war on the American economy. Mr Bush where are you. At least release the oil reserves now! Mr Bush wake up and stop using that Fuzzy math.

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  11. Jim,
    Good article about the calls for a strike. As you clearly stated, " it is not possible for OOIDA to organize a shutdown because it would be a violation of federal anti-trust laws" and you are indeed correct that, "Most small business truckers will not support a strike and will not shut down" because "Many truckers have asked for and received fuel surcharges" and they also "have the cash reserves to cope with the bad times."

    The above reasons are why the vast, and what I believe to be the silent majority of the I.C. and O.O would not shutdown thus making matters worse as Jim wrote because it, "would show weakness rather than strength, and the result would be increased economic hardship to the small percentage of truckers who do participate in the shutdown with no gains to justify their sacrifice."

    One thing I have learned over the last 25 years is that every six or seven years the trucking industry contracts for one reason or another weeding out the weak, while those of us whom remain become stronger and better equipped to survive the next downturn. The loud calls for someone to do something like shutdown, or strike once again become the topic on channel 19.

    The trucking industry has had a pretty good run for the last several years. The opportunity to reduce debt and save money for the leaner times that experience tells us will eventually come will get most of us through this downturn.

    For those whom were not prepared for this current recession I understand the trying times they are copping with. I feel your pain because I've been there before. You might remember me. I was the one who turned that load down over a year ago that you hauled because the rate and/or fuel surcharge was too low. But at least you made fuel money on that backhaul. After all it got you home, right?

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  12. I don't think a strike would help either but, a LONG SLOW DOWN would.. Instead of being in a hurry to make delivery, slow down and be late. Naturally, this would irratate a lot of people but, look at the fuel mileage increase for the owner-operator.I know a lot of COMPANY DRIVERS could care less, since they don't have the expenses an owner operator has, and would still drive like crazy anyway. It's just a thought but, maybe it can get things done.

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  13. we all need to shutdown no surcharge is even keeping up with fuel increase no matter how your company sets its charge

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  14. We don't have to strike,we just have to refuse to haul freight that does not pay a reasonable rate. I myself have virtualy quit in order to be able to go broke at home instead of on the road.


    Del Hudnall/Raleigh,N.C.

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  15. Maybe when the current conditions "thin the herd a bit", then the remaining truckers left standing will realize that we run together, shut-down together, or we die off altogether, one by one; until all that's left are the big discount trucking firms that by their sheer numbers can afford to make only a little bit from every truck, because they have thousands of trucks.
    No I say we have to shut down sooner or later if the legislative branch of America is ever going to get the picture. And maybe instead of nationally, it can be state by state. If a state is not dealing fairly with us, then we don't bring freight there until it hurts. Then maybe they'll have a change of heart, but at least we can act like professionals who have the guts to make their own decisions about how to run their businesses, and stop acting like, sounding like, and being victims. I mean really! how many days do you think you would have to shut down a State before you made your point? Meanwhile you keep making a living somewhere else. Small price to pay for the cause.
    "ONE BY ONE FOR EACH-OTHER - OR ALTOGETHER GONE...ONE BY ONE...by one..by one...".

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  16. OOIDA keeps saying they can't authorize a strike because of violations of the law. I wonder what will happen when truckers can no longer support OOIDA because of lack of funds. Maybe a strike is not the answer, but a voluntary shutdown sure beats being forced out of business. I realize all prices go up, as fuel has, but to be more then the cost of regular gasoline is rediculous.Federal government should at least pass some sort of law forcing companies or brokers to have a mandatory fuel surcharge. As one broker told me, "we make the same as we made a year ago", shouldn't the truckers do the same as well? Trucking is the only industry I know of where we ask what we will be paid instead of shippers or brokers asking us. Can you imagine going to a restaurant and telling them what you will pay for a meal? Truckers need to wake up before it is to late!!!!!

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  17. Hello: This is identical in many ways to the housing market.You will not want to hear this butI must say it anyway.There were many drivers I talked to on the road who was going to buy a truck ,When I piped in and said you better take a look at the future they have been forecasting hi fuel prices for over a year now and these new engines are not doing very well ,they are talking about opening the border,the economy is slowing down ,all these and more are going to effect the trucking industry very hard .Even articles in your mag talked about this at that time .But like a lot of these home owners they wanted more then they could afford ,and unfortunatley now they are in this predictament .All I can say is the 36 years of trucking I have endured all kinds of ups and downs ,I have never bought a new truck (would of like too) but was always aware of these ups and downs.My suggestion is that ooida can not call for a shutdown but we as drivers can.Look at the farmers now ,after driving there tractors to washington in protest in the 80s they now get all kinds of goverment programs to help them .So in closing if you want the same thing year after year ,keep hauling those cheap loads,just to pay your fuel,keep dealing with those shady brokers who are stealing more then the allowed 20% of your pay And Soon all the independents will be done.Which was talked about 35 years ago that this day was coming .Its time for action,even if it is like what I have been doing ,saying no to cheap freight,for those of you who can not make your payments let this be a lesson in the future ,Take your bruises but never stop trying.This country does not owe you a living ,It is the freedoms that allow you to make choices that might not always be good .You will learn from you mistakes So make plans to help you and the country from the troubles we are in.........

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  18. I AGREE A STRIKE IS NOT THE ANSWER HOW EVER DOING NOTHING IS EVEN WORSE! THE POEPLE IN CONTROL OF THIS SITUATION WORK IN WALL ST. OR THE BORED ROOM OF SOME OIL COMPANY AND NEVER BUY A DROP OF FUEL.THEREFORE THEY AS OUR GOVERNMENT THEY ARE DISCONNECTED FROM THE ISSUE.
    I FEEL THE ANSWER IS IN A "MILLION TRUCK MARCH" ON WASHINGTON. ALL BOBTAILS, I KNOW I CAN'T AFFORD THIS AS WELL AS MOST HOWEVER SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE.
    I DON'T KNOW HOW TO START A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING MAYBEE SOMEONE CAN HELP WITH THIS.
    DAVE MARTIN TONKA TRANSPORT WWW.TONKATRANSPORT.NET

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  19. I agree with what you said. However, you do not give us any ideas of how we can combat this. I have suggested, on more than one occasion, that OOIDA put together some press releases describing how high diesel prices affect EVERYONE! Most people are appalled at the high prices in the grocery stores. They do not understand that as we raise our rates and fuel surcharges increase, that this is passed onto the consumer by raising the price of their goods. If this press release was then sent to local tv, radio, and newspapers so that the true info got to the masses, then the people might be inclined to band together and do something about the rising fuel costs.

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  20. I understand, why OOIDA won't call for a strike. I hope maybe OOIDA is telling everyone to hang in there, and to STOP hauling this cheap freight.
    This would increase your profits, if you would just let the truck sit until you get the price you need to make a profit.
    With fuel as high as it is, you loading a cheap load is costing you a LOT more than just sitting there. I understand some places you haul to, there is not hardly anything coming back out of there. Sometimes you have to take a cheap load. But most guy's I know tend to take the first load and price offered to them. But most of the time you could hold out, and just plain not move that truck.

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  21. somthing has to be done about fuel prices or soon there wont be any owner operators left to pay for memberships to ooida. then the organization will be gone just like us. good luck to all owner operators like myself (who'll never give up) and to ooida.

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  22. many things could be done to cut demand postal service every other day 50% cut in use, school 4 days a week 20% cut in bus fuel ,just a few things ,but no one in gov. has the guts to take action,4 day work week on and on it takes guts jmo trucks 4 you nola

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  23. I understand OOIDA's take on a trucker shut down. It is a shame truckers can not find representation.your colum is true but, done right it is most effective. The only alternative I can see for everyone to slow down to 55 MPH. This would bring fuel mileage up across the nation. Lessen the demand and, ultimately bring down fuel prices. Again hard to do without a rep of some sort. While OOIDA can not call for a strike. They could suggest alternate plans such as this. There are a lot of good smart people in this business. That can come up good plans.These would be effective with a rep of some sort. I think a plan to decresse foregn oil would be to drop the speed limit to 55 MPH across the nation. Thus lowering demand on all fuels. Thanks, Steve"spiderman" Bingham

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  24. I have come to realize that I to am going to have to give up my dream of owning my own truck. I live in Maine where in the last 2 1/2 weeks diesel prices have risen 34 cents a gallon with an increase of 6 cents for a fuel surcharge. My FSC right now is 37 cents/mile. Fuel is 4.14/gallon. I have no choice butto drive a company truck now. IT REALLY BREAKS MY HEART!

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  25. I certainly can't believe nobody has commented on your article. That's one good reason why a strike would do nothing but collapse the economy more than what it is now. I hope everyone out there understand why we are way past that point. I'm not going deep into how it works, but most of it is hedge funds, investors, interest rates, value of the dollar, etc. It's not just the President or politicians, although earlier (maybe 2-3 years ago) they could have made certain moves to prevent this. Well they didn't. So now we're stuck in a major economic slow down. Look at the credit crunch. When investors don't make money on financials they turn to commodities. Oil, gold, silver, etc. At this point everybody better keep their jobs, do the best they can to survive, and keep your rates up the best you can and charge a good fuel surcharge. Freight's going to slow more than ever and the rates aren't going to increase at this time. Stick to your guns and don't let the brokers play you, be patient. Most of the time the money is there. Learn how to negotiate. Don’t just be happy you found a load. Hammer them for more money. Time and time again I hear about a company that takes a load for the 1st price offered. Don’t let them control you. You tell them what you need to make the load work. It's not a strike we need, (believe me it's to late for that) it’s sticking together with the rates. We haven’t seen the worst yet. Bear Stearns (the 5th largest investment bank) on Thursday was on the verge of bankruptcy. In early 07 stock was worth $170.00. Thursday the stock was 54.00. By Fridays close it was worth $30.00. Today (Sunday) JP Morgan bought Bear for $2.00 a share. That's not a misprint. Now look at the trickle down effect this will have. Feds may lower interest rates another 3/4 to 1 point. If they do that watch the value of the dollar drop more and our oil go to an easy $120.00 a barrel. Believe me if I thought a strike would help at this time, or if someone called for one, I'd be the first to go home. Fortunately I can afford to for a period of time. Another problem is most of the major trucking companies won't go along with it. Remember, some of the big boys are making money. Maybe not here, but in Mexico, imports, exports, rail, and over seas. This makes up for their loses in the US. But shortly you will see a lot of downsizing, bankruptcies, M and A's and anything a trucking company needs to do to survive or not survive. Many of them will not make it through the next 6 months. Less companies + less trucks + less unqualified drivers = more freight, better rates and pay for the qualified drivers and businesses. Believe me, in the next 6 months you’re going to see a huge change in how the trucking industry is run. There's a whole lot more that effects what is about to come. It's just to complicated to keep writing. Best thing to do is for everybody to know your business and do what you need to survive. Some of you will make it through this and some won’t. Try to understand why OOIDA can’t legally call for a strike.
    Jim Broland
    Drive Transport Inc

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  26. you are right. strike is not the answer people think we as drivers are low enough if we shut down the food,gas and other store most will blame the drivers.we dersevre better. best way to strike is company pocketbooks just everyone take a month and boycott a certain truckstop like april buy no fuel in a pilot. may TA and so forth

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  27. All everyone has to do is slow down. Run totally legal,don't do shippers any favors and run at or 5mph below the legal speed limit, in other words use the system to our advantage which would equal a work slowdown.

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  28. MR. JOHNSON

    YOU SAY ALOT OF SMALL BUSINESS WOULDN'T APPROVE OR STAND BY A STRIKE.
    I'AM AN OWNER OPERATOR THAT IS HAVING TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THE FUEL PRICE. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPREIATE IF WE DID GO ON STRIKE. THIS IS REDICULIES FOR DESIEL TO BE AS HIGH AS IT IS.
    GET THE ATTENTION OF THE SHIPPERS AND THE BROKERS TO GO UP ON THEIR RATES FOR US TO HALL THIER FREIGHT.
    IT REALLY MAKES ME MAD THAT NOBODY WANTS TO DO A DAM THING ABOUT THE FUEL GOING UP. AND I MEAN NOBODY!
    EVERYTHING ELSE HAS WENT UP BUT INCOME.
    NOBODY THINKS OF THAT GOING UP SO AN ONNIST PERSON CAN MAKE A LIVING.
    WERE IS THE BACK BONE OF THESE PEOPLE THAT SAY THEY ARE OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESIDANT. SEEM TO ME THEY DON'T HAVE A BACK BONE.

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  29. We do not need to strike.
    In fact we can not strike because in order to strike you need to organize and all members must be in full agreement to strike and willing to accept the financial consequences. If ALL the drivers who said the “S” word (strike) would join OOIDA, then America’s truck drivers (nonunion) would be a force the Industry and Governments at all levels could not ignore. Then, and only then would the talk of a tucker strike mean something. ps Its not the oil companies, it is the “free trade” that has allowed developing nation like China and India become major consumers of diesel and petrol products.

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  30. If OOIDA isn't able to initiate or organize a strike. Maybe OOIDA can use their abilities to pass into law a mandate that shippers must show on the bill of ladings how much it cost them to ship that load. Like a postage stamp on an envelope. We would no longer have to wonder if that load paid more than the broker stated. Even if the load was double or triple brokered, it would not matter. The Initial shipping cost will allow a paper trail. If the rumors are true that most brokers skim alot off the true cost than that money will finally be ours as originally attended. I find it hard to believe that a broker needs to make $500 or $600 for making a phone call or two when we are strugling just to pay fuel. If the fed's can educate shippers to have a drivers log that we all must sign when we arrived and departed. Then why can't they also educate the shippers to show on the B.O.L. how much it cost them to ship that freight?

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  31. My nightmare is just like everyone elses. But in talking to others it seems like our only solution is to
    bobtail as many of us as we can to the white house. plaese post this so that an idea on how to do it is approved. Also do not wait for too long as to some of us really do not have too much time.

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  32. I have read some very good idea's on this blog. However, for my husband and myself, it's already too late. We just started our little company one year ago this month, so we don't have the reserves that some of you have. I wish you all luck, stick together and perhaps something will get done.

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  33. Who are you kidding ???
    OOIDA told me on the phone & I Quote "If it don't pay, don't haul it" end quote
    XXXXX also said that with this fuel prices deal it will put a lot of guys out, that really don't need to be in the Trucking Ind. anyway.
    Thats a heck of a way to look at this.

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  34. as an o/o the high prices are making my daily living difficult.with that being said,what to do about it; write or contact all gov.reps,know your break even point,only haul loads that will net you a profit (large or small) when a brokered load does not pay,tell them in no uncertain terms(if you get that load great,if not it did not pay anyway)only buy fuel at minimum amounts,watch truck maintenance (tire inflation especially),slow speed down,and try anything else in your power to stay in business. i try to be very selective about the freight i haul,but the brokers,shippers and receivers are still with the mentality that somebody will haul it. i was also a farmer in the 70s-80s and had to get out for high cost low pay. in late 80s govt did help farmers with subsidies,different farm legislations, or food prices then would have been tremendous. we need a blitz on the media telling our side,and back up anything we claim we will do. bottom line:hit the public,govt, businesses in the pocket book and results will come.

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  35. I`am done with ooida they can give a xxxx about o/o I`am shutting down 3/24/08

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  36. dear ooida,i am a owner operator and i don"t have the reserve to keep going.this is my way of making a living.i have only one truck.why can"t ooida do something about the fuel prices.i have my own authority and i can bearley pay my house hold bills.i am so far behind on my bills.i can"t hardley get enough fuel money to make a run on.these brokages want give us a fuelsurcharge on produce loads.they think that 40% will be enough money to run 2100 miles so they charge you 2 to 5% more if you get over that 40%.they charge you 12% to 14% on the load and if you need more money to make the run its another 2%to5% holly

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  37. Will a strike work? Absolutely. There is NO better way to make someone listen to us. Talk is cheap. Take the food out of their mouth and they will listen. Shut down the first 3 days of EVERY month. No freight moves. You have the rest of the month to make a living. We need to take action. You can talk all you want, but nobody will hear you.

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  38. This month is our 8th anniversary as o/o, and will probably be our last. So many things are wrong with this industry these days. We are being regulated, taxed and financially bled dry at every turn, and the fuel prices are the last straw. Its honest work and we would love nothing better than to be able to continue, but at some point you have to make the decision to ride it out, hoping things will get better or get out before you lose your shirt.
    If anyone is expecting or looking to the government for help- you are wasting your breath. And a Million truck march on D.C. will just fall on deaf ears and tick off 4 wheelers whose commutes you'll screw up, not to mention more expense you'll incur in fines and anything else they can think of to nail you for. The days of the small trucking companies and owner/operators are almost over. It's hard to win in a rigged game- and we don't stand a chance of beating the house or breaking even. I wish y'all good luck.

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  39. Mr. Johnson,

    I do not agree with many of the points that you made in your article. Perhaps a strike is not the answer but I am not sure of that. I am sure that writing letters to legislators is NOT doing anything to make this situation better. The letters are falling on deaf ears. Also whatever lobbying efforts OOIDA is making is obviously not making a difference either, since the situation only continues to get worse. It seems that your only answer is for those that don't have huge cash reserves to go out of business.
    My husband does not have a new truck and his truck is paid for, however he has maintenance costs that continue to increase almost as fast as the fuel rate. All of the costs associated with doing business are going up. In many other businesses these increases would be passed along to the consumer. This is not the case in trucking where the rates the trucks/drivers receive are the same or lower than several years ago. Perhaps the freight brokerage companies are charging more to ship but they certainly are not passing it along to the trucks/drivers.
    My husband has been a truck driver for over 30 years. It will be a very sad day for him if he can no longer afford to do what he loves to do. I feel quite angry that the organization that is supposed to advocate for him and others like him, seems to care so very little and seems to be all about doing nothing!
    All you truckers out there---what you do is valuable and requires great skill to do it safely. I hope that you will somehow unite to fight for your chosen occupation!

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  40. To all people that accept CHEAP FREIGHT, I want to thank you for doing so and driving down the rates. I don't pull any load on any of my trucks for less than $2.50 per mile. Everybody on this board seems to be complaining about FSC. I charge our customers 38% FSC. On average our trucks are making around $2.75 per mile. How did I get this, DEALING WITH THE SHIPPER DIRECTLY! SKIP THE SCUM BAG BROKER and set rates that are cheaper than the broker quotes to shippers. At least you can still make a decent living and save the shippers money by dealing directly with a O/O. A winner never quits. SO EITHER "SHUT UP and QUIT WHINNING and get out of trucking" or learn how to run a business!

    John J.

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  41. I am a 39 year old O/O and have been for 15 years. I am delivering my 1 year old lowbed to it's new owner tomorrow. I have been though 3 Petes and 2 KW's and 9 trailers, and have never looked back at an equipment purchase. Always buying the best of the best. I will not fold and buy junk just to "get by". My truck is going to leave to it's new home at the end of the month. I used to be proud of the industry and all it had to offer. But now am worn out with the constant fleacing I deal with on a dailly basis. I.E $3 dollar apage faxes, insurance out of control, high fuel, high shop rates, and no more free hot dogs with a 50 gallon or more purchase. I sure am gonna miss my truck and all it had to offer. Thanks to all of you who were freindly and helpful.Good luck all who stay init.

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  42. from BOB; I HAVE BEEN AN O/O FOR OVER 45 YEARS AND I HAVE WENT THRU SOME ROUGH TIMES. BUT I DONT THINK I CAN RIDE THIS ONE OUT. I SAW A STRIKE IN THE 70'S WHICH DID WORK UNTIL OVERDRIVE MAG SOLD US OUT. I DONT THINK OOIDA IS ANY DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL SITTING THERE DRAWING THEIR BIG PAY CHECKS WHILE WE ARE GOING BROKE AND I USED TO BE A MEMBER UNTIL I FIGURED THIS OUT. THEY SAY WRITE OR CALL THE WHITEHOUSE OR WHOEVER. I TRIED BOTH TONIGHT AND GUESS WHAT PUT ON HOLD UNTIL I WAS CUT OFF. I SENT A EMAIL TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND GUESS WHAT THEIR ANSWER WAS; RECEIVE TOO MANY EMAILS DONT HAVE TIME TO ANSWER YOURS; TALKING ABOUT "A LAME DUCK PRESIDENT" THAT DONT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THIS BUNCH OF CLOWNS

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  43. Driver's....

    Like the old songs says....if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything...

    Please....shut these trucks down...April 3 - 6th to start with and just see what happens...I along with my husband have had our own authority for 12 years and I refuse to go down without a fight...SOMEONE - SOMETHING has to change and not for the worse. IF and I know that's a big word...but we can do it by just sticking together....my husband and I along with the only other o/o left leased to us are shuting down those days....It can't hurt us any worse than working for fuel as we are today..so please just do it and see what happens...Thanks and GOD bless you ... also PRAY about this also.

    JLM

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  44. I don't think a strike would work because companies and company drivers wouldn't go along. A strike would only make truckers look bad which would be counter productive.

    However, someone mentioned having shippers actual payment placed on the BOL. This would greatly help. Presently we can ask for this information but a broker doesn't have to comply and they can black ball us from future loads. We all know a broker is taking more and more of our funds. By having actual shipping amount and any fuel surcharge paid stated on the BOL, we would have a very stronge bargaining tool in moving frieght rates higher. This would help all of us including those who insist on taking cheap frieght. OOIDA could and should help move this one along.

    On the subject of Million truckers March on Washington DC I feel this may be one of the only means open to us to force the politicians to move quickly. Presently they are to concerned with re-election and keeping the fuel lobbyist funds in the re-election coffers to act on any thing substantial for the trucking industry. Getting media attention is the only way to get fast action.

    Dave in Eastern Washington.

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  45. Yesterday we were offered a 358 mile haul for $425.00 and he was dead serious when he quoted that rate. When we laughed in his face he asked 'what would you have to have'? By the time the negotiations were done, we got $700.00 for it. Now, what's not right about that picture?? Still he was making money on that load even at $700.00 but had guts enough to offer what he did at first! It absolutely infuriated me. Brokers have to make a living as well but they need to be reasonable; without US, they'll go down like a one egg puddin' but they just keep pushing the envelope to see how far they can go.
    Maybe a 'strike' isn't the answer but I believe a 'slow-down' would get someone's attention. Local, regional, national or a combination thereof. We can no longer sit idly by and hope someone else lends us a helping hand; we have to take matters into our own hands to help ourselves.
    Owner/Operators are an ornery bunch. Get us riled up and in a wad and just watch what happens!
    Arkansas

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  46. ONE UNDERLYING REASON FOR THE NO STRIKE CALL BY OOIDA IS THAT THEY ARE LACKING THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO CALL A STRIKE. BEING THAT OOIDA WAS FORMED FROM THE ASHES OF THE "STRIKES" IN THE SEVENTIES,NOW THERE AFRAID TO JEOPARDIZE THE POLITICAL ALLIES AND THIER FANCY OFFICE BUILDING (WITH NO TRUCK PARKING) THAT WAS EARNED WITH MEMBER MONEY, BUT YET ASK YOU TOO WEATHER THE STORM AND RISK EVERYTHING YOU'VE WORKED FOR. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE OOIDA IS REPRESENTING YOU OR IS IT A COP OUT?

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  47. I'm an ooida member and fellow 7 yr trucker.Drastic situations call for drastic measures.You can't call for a strike and get yourself arrested for violating national and economic security and RICO statutes.However,you can utilize the english language as every good attorney and polititian does.calling for a strike in trucking is technically illegal but urging everyone to utilize their american right to quit their job is not and nothing that i'm aware of is written that says only so many americans can quit at a time.I know of nothing that says you can't quit at the same time either.Just a thought from one man.Take care and truck safe.

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  48. As long as truckers haul cheap freight, cheap freight will move. I have been in the industry 22 yrs and the only change I have seen is with the D.O.T. regulations and fuel prices. Rates are still the same.(if not cheaper)As drivers we only have one person to speak for us and that is the D.O.T. telling us how to operate. How about the goverment telling brokers how much they can move freight for and how much we pay for fuel. All I can say is thank you MR.President for helping us out.(OUT OF BUSINESS)

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  49. I totally agree a strike would do nothing but put those barely getting by totally out of buisness.
    It would accompolish nothing as far as fuel prices go.
    I see posts complaining the rates they get are less than 20 yrs ago, so,how they only have the best equipment,etc. But no mention of changing the way they change their own practices. If everyone wants to strike, strike against the brokers that dont pass along the fuel surcharges, stop hauling for those paying you 1/2 of what you were getting 20 yrs ago. There's plenty of us still making plenty of money. Stop depending on everyone else to correct YOUR bad buisness practices.

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  50. High prices are sure putting a damper on the bottom line (NET PROFIT), and, it is obvious the politicians know we cannot afford a work stoppage.Therefore, we need to force oil companies to lower the cost of fuel. This is how to do it. Stop buying fuel from the truckstops that sell imported oil. This is the likes of SHELL,EXXON, MOBIL,TEXACO and of course citgo. Now, go and purchase from MARATHON,VALERO,FLYING J to mention a few that distribute domestic oil. What this does, it simply forces the Big Oil Companies to lower the cost, and the other oil companies have to lower their cost to stay competitive. It is not impossible to achieve the goal of 2.00 per gal. again by using the power of your dollar against the BIG OIL COMPANIES. Consumers did it to the coffee brokers back in the seventy's. Well if we stay together as an industry we will do just that.

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  51. I just wanted to say, well if OOIDA cannot call for a strike for legal reasons, then why cant the OOIDA start a fair and equitable brokerage firm? You have the building and space, you can make a difference and help cut out the "cheap freight brokers" with fair and equitable brokering.
    So Why Hasn't the OOIDA started a brokerage for us? I think we should all call in and complain because the organization that says its for us and our membership has lost sight of the O/O. I got an insurance quote and it was over 35% higher than anyone else, so at this point I probably will not stay with the OOIDA, I feel my membership was just a ploy.

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  52. We are in some tough times to say the least The thieves(brokers)are getting fat on the drivers that will work for fuel, until they end up broke. This should not take very long at $4.00 plus per gallon fuel, the sooner the better. OOIDA can do only so much, but suggesting a nice spring break would be in order. The idea of OOIDA having a Brokerage, I think is a great idea. The mid america truck show sure should be interesting this year. I wonder what the "mood" is going to be? This could be a good opportunity for us to discuss "spring break" , and make it known to the media, We are taking a little time off for R and R, and conserving the precios fuel supply. What do you all think?

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  53. I've been driving for 20 years, both over the road and locally. Last year I became an O/O. Being in a "port" town, I knew I could make a living hauling containers, never getting rich. Now the rising fuel costs are affecting my bottom line, which is very thin already. Do I think a strike will work? Maybe, but I think we should remember this :
    Remember this?

    In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me...By that time there was no one to speak up for anyone.

    --Reverend Martin Niemoller

    If we do not stand together as one, we shall be defeated the same way, slowly and individually, no matter where you may be on the ladder.

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  54. hey!anty trust law only affect if you are corporade and if you are a o/o why not organise your plase of work first speak whith every o/o see how many of them agre and if the bigest percent is in your side seet a meeting with the company ceo make a offert and stay togeder do not let then scare you but to estay out of anty trust problems do not let o/o wiht corporation open there mouth

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  55. Dear Mr Johnson,
    READ THIS NOW!!!
    First of all,it is no secret that we are looking for fellowship and a way to connect together.
    Therefore; Our opinion is that the best course of action is to write our representives in Washington until our collective voices are heard.
    We will conduct a write in campain to Washington,and we need everyone's participation to get the word out to the industry.
    This directive is for or all of you that are not directly involved in operating your business today.
    I strongly advise you to get busy composeing your own letter so that it can be redated and resent to Washington.
    This is an easy operation to do by opening two pages on your home computer,then simply cut and paste the officials name and fax number to the top.
    Use the suggested procedures of this website which will give you the fax numbers for every Congressmen and Senator in Washington.
    This information is free and will not endanger OOIDA in any way.
    For other interested political entitys such as the Speaker of the House of Represenitives and The President of the United States (HEHEHE)you can find their contact information on the web also.
    If we correctly flood our represenitives with our known demands,they will be predisposed to listen.
    That is what YOU have to do today! Work the truck or work the phones.
    We have been doing this every other day since January 8th 2008.
    You have no reason to expect change unless you change the way your thinking.
    We can't do it alone so let's help each other for a change!

    We know before hand that this is a public blog and we shouldn't give out private contact information.
    We can stay in contact with each other with the help of our friends at OOIDA and this site they have provided for us.
    Remember to use the tools we've been provided with and hang-on to what you've been working for.

    Your not giving up yet!

    Roger?

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  56. why should i shut down, i made smart business desicion's and i don't haul cheap freight, most of the guy's i hear complaining are leased on runninr for .94 to a buck a mile or independent's still taking load's for $1.25 a mile, you as o/o control your on way, make some smart decision's and say no, tha only way to bring fuel down is to stop tading it on the market,i for one don't want the gov stepping in, all there gonna do is screw thing's up more, let's bring fuel back down so more guy's can run for less.

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  57. We do not need a strike! We all need a industry vacation after the Truck show in Louisville! I think a minimum of a three days would be nice! On second thought, a week would be better! When asked if I was on strike, I would say; "I didn't know everyone else was taking a vacation too. Did you?"
    Would someone just stand up and lead this industry who has a pair!

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  58. A few years ago, on the OOIDA Members' Forum, I proposed a Washington,DC gathering of truckers and their families.

    Basically it would be a "family picnic". Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, could be used. There is a 24/7/365 news crew that is located adjacent to the White House. Protesters and the general public are daily sights in the park.

    There may or may not be limitations on signs, and using that particular location could/would garner some media attention. A few well placed phone calls to the media should get some response.

    The Mall adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial can hold a huge group of people as can the area surrounding The Washington Monument.

    And there is a lot of room on the steps of The Capitol Building and the surrounding walkways.

    I'd much rather have an all out sign toting, speech making protest held in DC.

    As far as taking any trucks to DC, forget about it. I seriously doubt that any permits would be issued. Without a permit, any sort of "invasion" of trucks would be quickly thwarted by the pop-up in-ground vehicle barriers that are througout the government building areas.

    Loading up the I-495 Beltway with rigs would get a lot of attention. Good, bad, and indifferent. But, the knowledgable leadership has to be present to make the case to the media.

    I know of no reason why Jim Johnston could not organize a "family picnic". It would not have to be OOIDA, it would be an indvidual with all the contacts, connections, and a lot to lose to step up to the plate and lead us.

    "A lot to lose"...as OOIDA members lose their trucks, they have no further need for any of OOIDAs services or insurance.

    Personally, I believe it is time for the fire and spirit of the early 70s that Jim Johnston had, to be rekindled and renewed.

    A major group that needs to be involved are the shippers. The traffic managers.

    I think there are a lot of shippers that don't realize how badly brokers, logistics, 3PL, etc outfits are abusing them. They need to be educated on how these low-life, money-grubbing, thieving brokers are screwing-over everyone.

    As anyone, that listens to the CB or talks face-to-face with fellow owner-operators or small fleet owners, knows there will be a bursting point to this festering sore.

    I've heard many comments made about shutting down in the middle of the highway, everyone parking for 5 minutes in a safe parking place, and so on.

    Want to get media attention ? And that of the government ? At the local, State, and Federal levels ?

    You could make up some signs, organize a group of fellow truckers...and expect to be arrested, block the gates at the fuel racks where the transport trucks load to deliver to the gas and fuel stops.

    You could fill up the Mississippi River bridges with trucks. Walk over to the railing and look for submarines.

    You could fill up the toll road collection lanes with trucks, get out and take a lunch break.

    You could fill the fuel lanes at the truckstops...no fuel, no trucking. I do know that some are quite skilled at this already !

    You could seek out some of the leadership of the truckers in Europe that had the balls to organize shutdowns and protests.

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  59. Dear Sirs,An Madams
    having a national shutdown is way over due,I to am an o/o.12yrs I to have been a company driver. we need to give credit where credit is due. Anational shut down would have a great impact on everyone even the cheap frieght haulers and the brokers that make way more than you think. i make top dollar where Im at, but my employer has been made aware that if it comes to supporting my friends in need i to would be a participate in the what ever you want to call it time off or what ever, simply cause Im feeling the same impact that they are.I run my own authority. and as simple minded person that I am even I know right from wrong I strongly support what ever it takes to get whoes ever attention. time has expired for many and many will soon follow so if you have a backbone then lets see it.
    Alabama

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  60. I'm Surprised at some of the the driver's talking about OOIDA lining their pockets. I went with the lifetime membership when I was 50, and at $25.00 a year to age 65 it was $375.00, and they give you a year to pay. NRA charges $750.00 no matter when you sign up for lifetime membership,so we definitely have a good deal. We need a lot more member's, not driver's leaving. Just think of the clout we would have if we had a million or more member's.I don't agree with everything OOIDA does either, but they are the only organization we have that works for the driver, so we need to support them!

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  61. uakI am tired of hearing how owner operators can't afford to shut down for a week or two. Can't they realize that if we can get the rates up even 20% that they will make up the money they lose in just 5 weeks and then continue to make that 20% every load there after. Also as far as OOIDA startint a brokeage and giving us a fair rate, I suggested that to them in an email months ago, and they did not even have the courtesy of a reply, IF they even read it. As far as truckers banding together, you can't get 5 truckers to even agree on what time it is let alone get all to stand together. The reason the government gets involved with the rail, airlines, farmers, and other industries is that these people stand together. We talk about a slowdown, strike, whatever and to them it is a joke.

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  62. All owner operators and their freinds and family should write their legislators. They dont have a clue as to whats going on out here in the real world. Make them worried about losing their jobs. Its time for a change in congress anyway.

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  63. I cannot believe that some or most of these brokers have no idea about the trucking industry...I called on a van/reefer load the other day (we have a reefer) and the lady said that she could not let me book it because it had to be kept warm and not from freezing and that with a reefer it would not do that because a reefer keeps things cold...I started laughin and the lady asked me what was so funny..I said you do realize you can shut reefers off or even make them warm don't you...she studdered and said oh, you can...I mean come one they think that we are dumb truckers as one broker put it how so some of them get dressed in the morning...
    When they tell me a load pays .98 cents a mile and tell me that is the growing rate..I ask them if they have seen the price of fuel and the cost of living...I said .98 is not gonna cut it..well then fine there are other dumb truckers out there that will take it...

    It is people like that that makes it hard not to reach through the phone and slap them.

    Something needs to be done with these broker companies!!They are taking more money then they need to and they have no idea what it costs to run a truck. I mean come on get real!!

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  64. I wish that people would stop criticizing OOIDA for not supporting a call to strike.

    OOIDA is not a union, it is a trade association. As already outlined, trade associations do not, and cannot, call for strikes.

    OOIDA should not call for such a thing anyway, even if it had the power to do so.

    For one thing, what is there to strike against? Are we to suppose that we can muscle the oil companies, and the commodities market, into lowering the cost of fuel? Hardly.

    Do we really want the government stepping in and telling brokers how much money they are allowed to earn, and by default, telling us how much we are allowed to earn? I hope not.

    The reason that freight rates are not rising to compensate for fuel costs is that the loads are continuing to move at depressed rates. The only way to change that is to stop hauling cheap freight.

    Of course, we can only control our own actions, and unfortunately, other drivers will continue to haul at rates near or below cost.

    That means that our competition, which is each other, is what is hurting us. Should we strike against each other?

    If Burger King wasn't making money, do you think it would team up with Wendys and they would stop selling hamburgers in a strike against McDonalds?

    It doesn't work that way.

    And even this "trucking is the backbone of America" idea we all seem to have doesn't change that fact.

    Trucking is vital to the economy, yes. Without it, it would be difficult for consumers to get goods. It would not be impossible, however, because there are too many large carriers out there.

    Those large carriers DO have the capacity to step in and fill the demand, even if the movement of goods were to be temporarily slowed. The Mexican border is open to truck traffic, albiet on a limited basis, and the government would quite certainly change it's position and allow the FMCSA to expnad the program to fill the need as well if it seemed necessary.

    A strike will not solve anything. Not a single one of us should be going out of business simply because the cost of fuel has spiked. Those of us that are, are simply not charging enough for our services.

    Charge what you're worth and nothing less.

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  65. We are an O/O we are shutting down. I urge every truvker in this country to do the same. Stand up for yourself.

    We are not getting fuel surcharge. Most of us aren't.

    Palmetto GA

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  66. cI too am a members of ooida,and a single truck owner.You folks are all complaining about 1 thing cost of fuel.Thats great.What about what ca. is doing with its engine reg,and idling laws.Do you suppose the ploiticians are shutting off their heat and air at night? What about pa.and tolling I-80 ?It seems to me we are fighting for more than just high fuel prices.Our voices are not being heard,our concerns are not being voiced.Seems to me we are being ignored.And if a truck strike gets us noticed so be it.I for one am taking 2 weeks off.Think i'll go fishing.Life is too short

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  67. HEY!grow some cajones and stand for what you believe, no matter what it is. if you don't want to join in a peaceful protest because you have it better than others, then don't. the government hasn't only not "stepped in", they have stepped way out. things could have been done and things could still be done to ease the runaway fuel prices, but the current andministration does not care the first bit about it's citizens, unless they are millionaires or better. they fed us total lies & propaganda about Iraq, so what is it they are going to do for us? They are going to do for us what they did to the american Indians and what they did to landowners when the railroad came into existence. Those who are proposing that the political right wing is hoping to push this nation into complete chaos and civil unrest in order to create a North American Union may very well be onto something. Food and water and the currency to obtain those life-sustaining gifts from the earth --resources, both natural and man-made is what it is all going to culminate into. it is all about global economy, big business, big agriculture, big deals and big buddies. one world. if I never hear that catch phrase again it will be too soon. most cultures don't mix well with other cultures without one being dominant and in control. it has become human nature to want more & better. We owner ops in the trucking want more and better also. we want fairness, equality, balance and to be heard. if one way of getting heard isn't working, then maybe it is time to try another. blocking roads and bridges and capitols and intersections will surely get some attention. then maybe we can begin to be heard. peaceful protest is the first step. being heard would be nice. going broke and having to work while doing so isn't working out so well for most of us.

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  68. Ok everyone we can sit here and blame ooida or this one or that one. But in reality we only have ourselves to blame. I have driven for 25 years. I seen good times i have seen bad times. But now is the worse i have seen in my whole career. We have to many greenhorns out here that dont understand that have not been thro the stuff we have been thro they will run frieght no matter what. From all i have read no one is will to stick together. And that is something we have to do.IT cant be just one or two the whole trucking organization has to work together. ITs going to take all the companies and o/o to say we have a problem and this is what we are going to do one person cannot do it by himself. And its going to take more than one dang day to get our point across. So what is yall's answer are we all going to tell the companies we are leased on to that enough is enough and were shutting down and get there attention.

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  69. a shutdown or slowdown at this time would do no more than give us a black eye. since trucking was deregulated, rates have been set by agreement of two parties, most commonly a shipper and transportation representative. many who are in trouble now are reaping the rewards of many years of hauling freight for unprofitable rates. maybe they'll finally figure out what those little signs that said SAY NO TO CHEAP FREIGHT! meant.
    hopefully, we can ride this out if we all start now to demand a profitable rate on everything we haul.it's up to us, not the government. government can't make you profitable when you make bad decisions i.e. too much car, too much house, too much truck ect. and then haul freight for $.80/mile for each and every book mile. God bless you all and with his help, we'll get through this tough time.

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  70. OOIDA's excuse for not supporting a shutdown doesn't cut it. Excuses range from anti-trust litigation to association regulations.

    OOIDA's membership is .04% of the trucking population, hardly enough to invoke the Fed's attention, much less a lawsuit.

    However, OOIDA does have a voice in this latest fight.

    OOIDA has a responsibility to the membership it represents.

    Writing a letter to the president will fall on deaf ears. Congress must enact fuel surcharge legislation (passing 100% to the operator), and mandate that (in the interest of national security) "big oil" spent at least 10% of its profits on new refineries.

    These suggestions are only a start.

    If OOIDA cannot fulfill the wishes of it's membership, the organization should be dissolved.

    It's that simple.

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  71. Sorry fellas, but you're not gonna like my opinion of OOIDA.

    I am well aware they can't organize a shut down, but they could darn well show a little support for the men (and) women who have the balls to stand up for what they believe.

    What has OOIDA done for you? All the hoopla over the Mexican trucks crossing the border was a joke. The Government ignored Dorgans Legislation and the trucks are still coming. OOIDA wants all of us to continue to be whipped little pansies, lay down and take everything the FEDS do to us. When are you going to wake up OOIDA and realize our Government is corrupt and against the American people?

    Sooner or later "we the people" have got to fight back! The media itself wonders "why" Americans have become such walking zombies willing to take everything this Government throws at us. I, for one, am sick of it!

    Until you show true leadership and organize this industry to show a little effectiveness, you don't represent me and you'll not receive another penny of my hard earned money.

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  72. Freight brokers have to be done away with.

    Trucking got along just fine before brokers, 3PLs, logistics services, etc.

    Some shippers just do not realize how badly they are getting ripped-off by brokers. It is quite the con game.

    Before the trucking industry was deregulated, the only freight brokers that existed were the produce brokers.

    Since deregulation, the broker business has grown like mold. They have spread out from the west coast to all points in the USA and beyond. They are out-of-control because they were never under any serious scrutiny. Minimal bond amount and no oversight by anyone.

    Absolutly no regulation by anyone as to how much a broker skims off the top. And then the scenario of the original broker a shipper is dealing with, passing along the freight to another broker, and maybe from that broker to another and another.

    No wonder some shippers are so upset when a truck shows up for a load that was suppossed to be moved days ago (for which he paid a premium price) and the driver could care less about to much more than the minimum work to get the load delivered....after all the driver is getting next to nothing to haul it.

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  73. We have a situation now where the freight base is shrinking. Not neccessarily the best time to call a shutdown. In '93, the shutdown, I believe, could have worked, but too many of the group in DC were stabbing each other in the back, and stabbing US in the process.

    Having said that, the timing of the shutdown (in '93) was optimum, and we DID have ppl in DC. With this series of shutdowns, I see no signs at all of a chance of success.

    Like many, I believe one huge thing wrong in this business is brokers who take more than a fair cut, or collect a fsc and do not pass it along. As I understand it, brokers are required by law to fully disclose what they charge a shipper to move a load of freight, IF the o/o who hauls the load asks. This applies to any load hauled within up to two years ago. Think, for a moment, how powerful of a tool that is, if everyone used it. Therein lies the rub. As we all know, few enough o/o's are even aware of this little regulation that a broker can just blackball the few who use it. But what if an o/o who has gone out of business were to request the backup paperwork on all the loads he had hauled in the past two years? And if he discovered some loads he had been ripped off on, perhaps he could even get treble damages under the DTPA! Maybe Mr Johnson or a lawyer could help someone out with this. If there is anything to it, it wouldn't take but a few brokers getting hit really hard to put them all on notice, not to mention maybe helping a bankrupt trucker to pay off some of his bills.

    Why not use the legislation the Gov't has already given us b4 we go demanding more privileges?

    I could go on to another point or two, but have already esceeded my OWN attention span, so I hop this has maybe been helpful to any still reading this?

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  74. We have a situation now where the freight base is shrinking. Not neccessarily the best time to call a shutdown. In '93, the shutdown, I believe, could have worked, but too many of the group in DC were stabbing each other in the back, and stabbing US in the process.

    Having said that, the timing of the shutdown (in '93) was optimum, and we DID have ppl in DC. With this series of shutdowns, I see no signs at all of a chance of success.

    Like many, I believe one huge thing wrong in this business is brokers who take more than a fair cut, or collect a fsc and do not pass it along. As I understand it, brokers are required by law to fully disclose what they charge a shipper to move a load of freight, IF the o/o who hauls the load asks. This applies to any load hauled within up to two years ago. Think, for a moment, how powerful of a tool that is, if everyone used it. Therein lies the rub. As we all know, few enough o/o's are even aware of this little regulation that a broker can just blackball the few who use it. But what if an o/o who has gone out of business were to request the backup paperwork on all the loads he had hauled in the past two years? And if he discovered some loads he had been ripped off on, perhaps he could even get treble damages under the DTPA! Maybe Mr Johnson or a lawyer could help someone out with this. If there is anything to it, it wouldn't take but a few brokers getting hit really hard to put them all on notice, not to mention maybe helping a bankrupt trucker to pay off some of his bills.

    Why not use the legislation the Gov't has already given us b4 we go demanding more privileges?

    I could go on to another point or two, but have already esceeded my OWN attention span, so I hop this has maybe been helpful to any still reading this?

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  75. A CALL TO FELLOW TRUCKERS

    The Trucking Industry and truck drivers have always been one of the main elements of contemporary American culture and folklore. These manly guys, hard working and proud of their country and their work, were always American heroes. Even TV shows like Route 66, countless Hollywood movies, and books like “On the Road” showed professional trucker drivers as positive figures making up the fabric of American daily life.

    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) states that there were about 390,000 independent truckers in America (see http://www.landlinemag.com/Special_Reports/2008/042208_Trucking_takes_hit.htm ). There were ! In the first quarter of 2008, there are 42,000 fewer independent truckers. These 42,000 were destroyed by the continuously increasing price of fuel, primarily diesel. Calculate, just how few quarters it will take to destroy all of them ! What do these people have left to be proud of ? They worked hard all of their lives and now they have been discarded like a used pair of sneakers. And, don’t forget their work takes a lot more responsibility and qualifications than work at McDonalds. Also, these people paid tremendous taxes, and now after all this sacrifice they are thrown out on the street !

    Maybe this doesn’t concern you because you have another type of business or are on a government job, but don’t forget, BECAUSE OF TRUCKERS’ ECONOMIC SACRIFICES THE PRICES OF GOODS IN STORES IS NOT RISING AS FAST AS THEY COULD BE ! BUT WHEN THE TRUCKING TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY IS RUINED AND THERE IS NO ONE LEFT TO DELIVER PRODUCTS, THEN WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PRICE OF GOODS FOR EVERYONE ?

    Everyone is talking about the economic crisis, but who has heard about a crisis with the oil companies ? Should their interests and ambitions be put above those of the American people and America itself ? Who in these companies, who are ruining the lives of working Americans, are suffering personally ? Think about this. And, don’t expect that the 350 truckers who drove to Washington, D.C. at their own expense, will solve your problems. At this critical moment for independent truckers, look what the OOIDA, nominally the representative organization for 162,226 members, is spending their time and resources on. Look on http://www.ooida.com and press the left bottom most banner which will take you to http://www.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/English/Support/Truck_Convoy/default.htm, the organization of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy to raise money for the Special Olympics. To participate truckers SIMPLY DONATE A $100 ENTRY FEE ! Who is donating even $1 to help truckers who are going broke by the tens of thousands every quarter, not even their own organization ?!

    At this very moment, not only 42,000 truckers went bankrupt but with their families, hundreds of thousand of people are affected and may be penniless. To add insult to injury, they don’t even qualify for food stamps and Medicaid because an owner-operator owns a truck and therefore does not qualify for this government aid, a system which was funded by their taxes for all the years they were able to make a living.

    The message is DEPEND ONLY ON YOURSELVES ! UNFORTUNATELY, NO ONE OUT THERE IS GOING TO HELP YOU !

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  76. Learn the difference between "cant" and "wont" we can do something, just be willing to face consequences. Until you show government you mean business they'll just keep blowing smoke.
    You don't think what they are doing to you on Wall Street is a violation of Anti- Trust Act???
    I'm talking about manipulation of fuel prices buying on futures market.
    OPEN YOUR EYES
    A thief has his hand in your pocket, are you gonna stand there and say "I can't stop him?"

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  78. Of Course a strike would work. If enough people struck. Drivers are their own worst enemies though. Drivers are tough guys with their tattoos, big muscles, rings of keys and chain wallets, but when it comes to standing up for their wages and benefits, there isn't a tough guy to be seen anywhere.

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