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Bend over and grab the wheel

"Every single article I've read this week about the Chicken Little 'driver shortage' has neglected to mention driver pay." ...

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Florida group plans trucking rally from Miami to Tallahassee for June 6

Florida truckers have come together with plans for a rally ride from Miami to Tallahassee to “express their dissatisfaction” with some specific issues plaguing the industry. A press release issued to Overdrive by Ponce Seoane and Alberto Cruz-Torres, two of the organizers, begins with this appeal: We are a group of owner operators and transportation professionals working together to stop the deterioration of our industry. We provide for an entire nation while barely providing for our own ...

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Overhaul bringing high-end shippers into secure freight platform

When Overhaul launches in July, the company says, it will be debuting a fully direct-shipper booking engine to connect with owner-operators/small fleets whose drivers will gradually build trust among customers within the platform.

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POLL: Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

With California moving toward a phased-in $15/hr minimum wage over the next several years, and other states eyeing similar proposals, should the $7.25/hr minimum wage be hiked?

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Audio mailbag from the ‘driver wage shortage’

In this mailbag podcast, an owner-operator out of Charlotte, N.C., offered an addition to the "driver shortage" phrase that he -- along with many others -- feels might well clear things up a bit. He's not the first to say it, but it bears repeating.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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‘No surprise’: Voices following report on driver pay’s historic fall

Reader Thomas Lawson had this to say about news of a new analysis of driver wage growth -- lack thereof, in fact -- over the 35 years since 1980: "And this is a surprise to whom?"

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Trucker pay has plummeted in the last 30 years, analyst says

Here's how much truck operators would have made on average last year had trucker pay kept up with inflation since 1980.

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State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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