‘Truckers to Shut Down America’ viral meme keeps moving

| September 24, 2013

In what seems to have started with a Facebook page launched by Florida resident Zeeda Andrews (aka Zeeda Hutton), a self-described “former country singer” with little connection to trucking other than long past truck-stop performances, an October 11-13 nationwide shutdown and concurrent convoy to the nation’s capitol drifted toward what could be called a mini semblance of organization over this past weekend.

Andrews appeared Saturday, Sept. 21, on an online radio show hosted by online radio host Pete Santilli at the site of the “Guerilla Media Network.” Santilli is the owner of the Ride for the Constitution.org site, which claims to be a central place for information on the Oct. 11-13 events, and his Guerilla Media site is now playing host to a daily online radio show hosted by Andrews centered around the notion of a driver shutdown. (The “Truckers to Shutdown America” Facebook page that launched the meme was either shut down itself or removed between Saturday and today; rumors that it was pulled by Facebook and not deleted by the owners were unable to be confirmed. A new page has popped up in the interim here.

Overdrive‘s attempts to contact Andrews directly went unresponded to before the first version of this story appeared on September 24. Andrews posted in commentary under the story developments to a list of demands she was putting together (also posted to the newer Truckers Ride for the Constitution Facebook page). As of this writing, they were largely centered on efforts to roll back various perceived regulatory and business encroachments on trucking business viability, including:

1) Environmental regulations “forcing the industry to put unproven technology in new trucks just to reduce emissions.” 

2) Federal allowance of “states, municipalities and businesses to pass anti-idling laws” making federally mandated rest ever more difficult to achieve in-cab.

3) Insurance companies not covering “trucking companies that don’t install in their trucks expensive logging software, GPS, and communications devices … thereby pushing independent truck drivers out of business because they can’t compete.” 

4) Attempts to “push legislation through that requires the independents to carry $1 million bond in addition to the insurance.”

5) The Affordable Care Act’s potential ripple effects “causing trucking companies to keep drivers’ hours below 30 hours … as they can’t afford the insurance increases.”

On Santilli’s show over the weekend, in addition to an ongoing concern over fuel prices, Andrews claimed a broad goal of “restoring our Constitution” for any shutdown or action. “The people that can’t get out there” for a convoy to D.C. on October 11, Andrews said, “can simply do nothing. Prepare yourself for it – no commerce, no banking, no shopping. Enjoy your family that day. We’ll encourage everybody to assemble peacefully” wherever they are, she added. 

A flyer hosted at RidefortheConstitution.org directs readers back to another site owned by online talk show host Pete Santilli -- text of the flyer begins with "Independent Truckers of America are essentially operating on slave wages..." Click through the image to read the text in full. For a decade, though income has been somewhat stagnant measured against inflation, average take-home for owner-operators in the United States has tracked around or above $50,000 yearly in Overdrive's surveys, and recent ATBS client data showed an overall $52/year average.

A flyer hosted at RidefortheConstitution.org directs readers back to another site owned by online talk show host Pete Santilli — text of the flyer begins with “Independent Truckers of America are essentially operating on slave wages…” Click through the image to read the text in full. For a decade, though income has been somewhat stagnant measured against inflation, average take-home for owner-operators in the United States has tracked around or above $50,000 yearly in Overdrive’s surveys, and recent ATBS client data showed an overall $52K/year average, hardly “slave wages.”

Callers into the Saturday edition of the show, including owner-operator William McKelvie, stressed that any action taken in the name of truckers needed to stress real-world trucking issues — from problems stemming from the new hours of service to CSA’s crash accountability problem and, generally, over-regulation and overreach by Anne Ferro’s FMCSA — not just broad concerns with generalized misdirection in government. “Our concern is that our issues will not be heard,” McKelvie noted.

Commenters far and wide around the web from the trucking community reflected such sentiment, if not objecting to the notion of a shutdown or “general strike” categorically. Many were keenly interested in the idea: Overdrive has seen numerous queries as to the validity of the called-for action since it started making its way around the web last week. 

For the first time this weekend, Andrews, with Santilli, named a date and place for the start  of a convoy, mentioning a planned rally Oct. 10 at the TravelCenters of America location on Lewiston Rd. in Ashland, Va. Prior to that, no mention of logistical details had been made, and little else emerged from nearly three hours of discussion Saturday on Santilli’s show. As Land Line writer Jami Jones put it in her dissection of the issues here, “the details of when and where are sketchy. No idea if permits have been applied for or if the group even understands the logistical nightmare of getting a tractor-trailer combination into the Washington, D.C., area. Much less near the Capitol or White House.”

Efforts are being made, however. A call placed to the mentioned TA location from an organizer had been made days ago, store manager Jay Farley said the morning of September 24. He referred the caller to TravelCenters of America’s corporate office. TA’s Tom Liutkus told Overdrive this morning that no rally will be hosted at the Ashland location on October 10 and that organizers would have to look for another, more public location to assemble. 

Also over the weekend, the Huffington Post ran this item on the virality of the former “Truckers to Shut Down America” Facebook page, which at its height had generated more than 77,000 likes in the course of just several days. In the Huffington Post piece, Sean McNally of the American Trucking Associations disavowed any rumored association of his organization with the shutdown effort. Andrews had quoted the ATA’s 2006 “When Trucks Stop, America Stops” white paper on what would happen if an act of terrorism or other emergency shut down the trucking industry.

That paper also inspired in part this fictional story — about a government-mandated emergency shutdown — which first appeared in Truckers News in the year 2008. 

 

The numerous owner-operator shutdowns of the 1970s were mentioned in historical context in this “Breaking Free” feature on owner-operator business history in our 2011 50th anniversary issue

  • http://answers.yahoo.com/ Lime Kitty

    Truckers, do NOT sign on with these people. Their agenda has nothing to do with the trucking industry or the FMCSA or ATA. It is a Tea Party agenda, through and through. I followed this Facebook page at first, thinking it was a neat idea, but the whackos behind it are more concerned with whether Obama is a Muslim or an American citizen than they are about any real-life issues. I saw no mention of HoS or any other recent changes. They blathered on a lot about American dependence on foreign oil and about how it’s all Obama’s fault, but it was a lot of hot air because they don’t have their facts straight at all.

    Any event organized by these nutjobs should be avoided at all costs.

    But the idea isn’t a bad one. If someone with some common sense and legitimate grievances wanted to organize a different rally that isn’t fueled by extremist rumors and hate, I think the media attention these guys have gotten shows that there is support for such an idea out there.

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  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Nobody else is doing anything worthwhile. Whether or not anyone agrees with the agenda is irrelevant.
    This could be the catalyst we all need to put pressure on the rulemakers to back off and let us do our jobs.

    This not only affects the truckers. It affects every single person who makes a living off the trucking industry. Something has to change with these new HOS and truckload rates.
    We’re suffocating out here. I’m on the board of transportation advisors in TN plus i’ve been in trucking for 10 years and i’ve never seen it this bad. Something has to happen and happen soon.

    This could be the start of things to come that will benefit all of us in this industry that we’ve all bled for, shed tears for, and fought for. I ain’t giving up on my industry and lying on my back anymore for one. I hope the sentiment is the same with a lot of folks out here on the roads.
    BE SAFE OUT THERE YALL!
    Fight for what’s right.

  • zeedaandrews

    Hello Todd, This is Zeeda Andrews this is the first time I have heard about you trying to contact me. Every body is helping in this endeavor many hands jet the job done and if you have read some of the article that I have post on the new FB page you would have seen the terms of the truckers. I will give them to you so that when you make an assumption you get it right. These are the regulation they are wanting to change. If you want to talk to me my Skype is zeeda.andrews. I apologize for not being able to read through millions of comments and did not know of your dissatisfaction. I also will not release any information that is not confirmed. If you want to talk you have my Skype. I am ready to listen.

    1) EPA forcing the industry to put unproven technology in new trucks just to
    reduce emissions. Engines and Auxillary Power Units.

    2) Allowing states, municipalities and businesses to pass anti idling laws even though it is federally and state mandated for drivers to get rest while
    sweltering in a 100+ or below-10-degrees cab.

    3) Pushing insurance companies to not cover trucking companies that don’t install in their trucks expensive logging software, gps, and communication
    devices that force drivers to use electronic logs, thereby pushing independent truck drivers out of business because they can’t compete. Thus running small
    business out again.

    4) Pushing legislation thru that requires the Independents to carry $1
    million bond in addition to the insurance.

    5) Rumor: Obamacare actually is causing trucking companies to keep driver’s
    hours below 30 hours (a local fuel hauling company UPT) as they can’t afford
    the insurance increases.

    6) Reduced diesel fuel prices.

    9/24/13

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Also, i’d like to add that new truckload rates have plummeted as of late plus the new hours of service issues have fallen on deaf ears on the hill.

    Anthony Foxx’s latest diatribe ”defending” the new hours of service is proof positive that something is wrong. Especially after a letter was put in his face with 51 different representatives’ signatures on it stating the new hours are detrimental to our industry.

    There’s multiple studies released as of late showing that rates are on the rise, but no money seems to be given to any of the trucks. I dispatch for Owner Ops and rates have been pretty much stagnant since January across the board all over the country. Thank you.

  • guest

    This SHUTDOWN is ON..they can talk smack..but get ready for a CONVOY and A SHUTDOWN OCT11-13.

  • guest

    Truckers have NO CHOICE and Nothing Left To Lose.
    Time to Take A Stand….Have A Voice….SHUTDOWN
    OCT 11-13.

  • guest

    While ATA and OOIDA cower in fear..Truckers are being ABUSED and GOING Broke AND being Replaced by Cheap Foreign Labor…THAT is the TRUTH.

  • g

    Damn Right!!!! Time is NOW!!! Make A Stand!

  • g

    Right ON Zeeda!!!! SHUTDOWN AS SCEDULED EVERYBODY…TIME To MAKE a STAND!!!!!! ROLL ON!!

  • guest

    NO CHOICE..We Need To Make A Stand..One Million Truckers Strong….we will get OUR points across….We have NO CHOICE. The TIME iS NOW We Need to SPEAK UP!!!

  • g

    Totally Agree…Roll ON Truckers to DC!!!
    We will make OUR VOICE Known 1 MILLION STRONG…..this Tony The Puppet Foxx aint going to do a DAMN THING for Truckers you can bet you last penny on THAT!!!!

  • http://answers.yahoo.com/ Lime Kitty

    Speak up about what? All I hear about this event is people screaming about how they need to be heard, but nobody is dropping any real agenda of any sort. You can’t just march on Washington D.C. with no plan, and if you go there screaming about how Obama is a muslim terrorist nobody is going to take you seriously.

    Address the economy, address LEGITIMATE concerns about Obamacare that don’t involve drooling and spouting off “facts” you read in your email, address hours-of-service… there are a hundred things truckers could protest about, but I haven’t heard one of them mentioned by anyone in charge of this farce.

  • guest

    Our usual Daddys…Teamsters, ATA, and OOIDA are cowering in FEAR….careful not to step on any GUCHI SHOES while TRUCKERS get USED and ABUSED…to HELL with these worthless organizations..they have put us in THIS position of having to STAND UP 1 MILLION STRONG and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! The Time For TALK is OVER…..ACTION NOW!!!! Shut DOWN OCT11-13..and CONVOY IF YOU CAN!!!! ROLL ON!!!!

  • http://answers.yahoo.com/ Lime Kitty

    If they go in there screaming about how Obama is not a citizen or is a Muslim and spouting off random false information they heard on Facebook about Obamacare, nobody is going to take anything else they say seriously. I respect that something needs to be done, but you can’t just throw in with anyone.

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Also, i’d like to add that truckload rates have plummeted as of late plus the new hours of service issues have fallen on deaf ears on the hill.

    Anthony Foxx’s latest diatribe ”defending” the new hours of service is proof positive that something is wrong. Especially after a letter was put in his face with 51 different representatives’ signatures on it stating the new hours are detrimental to our industry.

    There’s multiple studies released as of late showing that rates are on the rise, but no money seems to be given to any of the trucks or the drivers. There are articles out proving that driver pay actually dropped 9.35% across the board since last year. I can’t link the site but you can Google ” Driver pay drop 2012” and it’ll pop up the article itself published by The Trucker’s Report site.
    I dispatch for Owner Ops and rates have been pretty much stagnant since January across the board all over the country. Somebody’s getting the money but it sure isn’t any of my nor anyone else’s trucks i know ofl
    Thank you.

  • guest

    Our new StepDaddy Anthony Foxx is only going to Horsewhip Us…..You can Bet he DESPISES Truckers.
    His next stop is a High Political Office…this Fmcsa job is just a stepping stone……he cant AFFORD to get tangled up in years of Trucking Issues…he is a Rubber Stamp for his Rich Buddies…who will lend him a hand UP the Political ladder IF he does as he is TOLD!!! look for Further ABUSE form this clown.

  • William McKelvie

    ZEEDA, I am going to respond. I said on radio that our REAL concerns must be addressed, in regards as to what the FMCSA has shoved own our throats. So far, the only one to get really addressed was the HOS. Now, for the rest of the story. 1) CSA crash ruling charges drivers who are NOT at fault with points. Congress directed Ferro to fix this, last year, she still wants more time. Every driver charged under this ruling should have charges dismissed. 2) Most company drivers are not paid for sitting for hours on end waiting on shippers or receivers. 3) MCSAC is lopsided towards gvt officals and big company execs, we want more representation there. Multi year experienced drivers on the actual board, not big ATA nor Union representation either. 4) HOS is crippling some folks ability to earn the same monies as before. The 168 hour rule compromises a truckers ability to have a restart, of a fresh 34 hour rest period and restart their week at that time and point. Now under the new rules, a driver must wait 168 hours before restarting his work week. This is nothing more than criminal control by our very own government. The mandatory break makes drivers drive when tired. They can no longer take a break when they want, and it has to be thirty minutes, No flexibility.

  • g

    No Choice…the TIME IS NOW…aint gonna be no “perfect” situation to get a STRIKE going…do it NOW…and do it OFTEN until they get the Message.

  • g

    Right ON!!! These feds know the Issues…they need to come to the Table and work WITH truckers….NOW!!!!!!
    SHUTDOWN so we Get a VOICE! Do we have a CHOICE????

  • guest

    We could put YOU in charge..with a name like “LIME KITTY” I kind of have my DOUBTS…….

  • Todd Dills

    Zeeda, thanks for the contact info — if I write more, I will be in touch directly. I’ve updated the story to include your list here. Feel free to reach out to me here with any new developments or via tdills@randallreilly.com.

  • Peter T. Santilli

    Nobody has contacted Zeeda…and I would know because I am part of the team assisting with media requests. Someone has an agenda here, and it doesn’t sound like it’s in the best interests of the truckers & Americans.

  • William McKelvie

    Pete, I have contacted the message box myself in the previous facebook page that got taken down, as well as your facebook page. You want answers as to what the REAL ISSUES are, I put FOUR of them up above in my response. You want more honest down to earth unfair issues with FMCSA and DOT, you can reach me via the number I called in on, it is also in your inbox. Also on the new facebook page inbox.

  • zeedaandrews

    William I will add this to the terms, I have not released it yet to the media we are still working on it. thank you looking forward to hearing from you. Hammer down

  • zeedaandrews

    No, and the American people are backing you up 100%

  • zeedaandrews

    Thank you, I didn’t choose this it chose me so we are going to do it right….Godspeed!

  • zeedaandrews

    Todd your welcome, We have just about finished with the demands and terms. I will also add Williams. I would like very much to have your participation in this endeavor. I do go way back with Overdrive Magazine and have done several stories with them when I was Sponsored by Mack Trucks and Petro Truck Stops promoting my single record. If you want to email me at media@ridefortheconstitution.org
    Thanks again and Godspeed!

  • zeedaandrews

    Thank you for your support! Unity we are one voice! Godspeed!

  • zeedaandrews

    So true and it breaks my heart. we are going to change that! Godspeed!

  • zeedaandrews

    William I will need a copy of that please. media@ridefortheconstitution.
    thank you

  • zeedaandrews

    Lime Kitty don’t you sleep….yeah you were all over our site and don’t know jack from a jack hammer and I realize this is your job to sway public opinion but really go haunt someone else

  • zeedaandrews

    Lime Kitty is a Provocateur if you hadn’t figured that out yet. But wish you good tiding!

  • zeedaandrews

    Listen Boo Boo Kitty this is a peaceful strike and I could careless about Obama or what religion he is This is a Global Banking Cartel problem always having their hands in your pocket with dangerous regulations and UN-humanitarian work conditions that needs to be fixed. Terms of service has to go.

  • zeedaandrews

    The agenda for this event is to deregulate the damaging regulations
    put in place by the federal government in the trucking Industry that has a
    direct effect on trucker’s health and wellbeing as well as the dangerous
    working conditions. Truckers are under
    paid by payloads that will not cover their expense and unbelievable labor
    conditions. “This is not how the Federal government should be rewarding our
    hard working men and women that keep America well stocked and supplied on a
    daily basis. Every trucker that I talk to is frustrated and takes these
    regulations as a personal attack on their livelihoods”

    “I am on social networks every day and I hear the cries of
    the hard working American people not just truckers. Truckers are Americans
    first and foremost. Some say what does
    the constitution have to do with trucking? Well I will tell you. If the Federal
    government passes more infringing gun control laws on the second amendment right
    of the constitution. It will have a direct effect on their very lives, seeing
    how they eat sleep and live in their trucks, it is their second home. It would
    leave them vulnerable to the criminal powers that be. It will also have a huge
    effect on their fourth amendment right. Which is.”

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
    houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
    not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
    supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched,
    and the persons or things to be seized.

    “The Patriot Act and the NDAA are the most un-constitutional
    and contradictive laws to the
    constitution ever to pass into law and have nothing to do with the image it
    depicts, just the opposite in fact. If you cannot see what the constitution has
    to do with trucking then you are blind”

    Basically, what happened to give this movement birth was
    several of us were chatting on Facebook about all I have mentioned here
    including a few truckers. Benjamin Pam said “I made a page and I put you on as
    admin” I said ok! I could rally the
    truckers and the American people because of my experience in the entertainment
    business as a country singer that traveled many years as the Mack Truck country
    singer doing concerts at Petro Truck Stops.

    They were my sponsors. I have put many convoys together in
    the past. One being that went to Music Row to get Record companies to listen to
    my songs for a deal. My audiences at the time were all truckers because of the
    Petro truck Tours. My sister was the Trucker that introduced me to the Trucking
    Industry. I can drive anything that has wheels but, I have never driven
    professionally, only as “shotgun” a trucker term for passenger. I have never
    claim to be a trucker just a country singer that has a trucker’s heart because
    of my involvement in the industry. I can see where some may think I am because
    of my knowledge but I am not and have never professed to be.

    The page Truckers to Shut Down America was an overnight
    success. I stayed up for almost 3 days with little sleep. I told Benn “you have
    to help me I can’t do this by myself”, trying to keep up with people and
    Truckers comments that were unbelievably supportive and all in. In three days
    we had over 50 thousand likes and over two million people liking different
    post. The people were elated and so was I. Then the haters and trolls came
    after all it is their job to spew hate discord and blame others of what they
    are guilt of.

    The first time we were shut down for 12 hours was because we
    wished everyone Godspeed , God Bless America but the community standard does
    not like us to say God Bless America which was plastered all over the place
    this was on the 6th day of the page, we had 82,000.00 likes. While
    we were shut down the Provocateur’s and
    trolls that would just hammer the people and we could not do anything to help.
    There were other admins beside Benjamin and myself that would spar with them, I
    myself do not like to focus my good energy on them so I would take advantage of
    the features at hand and bann them. I had banned a user Bubba Slade several
    times and I thought how he can continue to get back in. Benn commented on his
    post “Bubba keeps coming back like herpes” so we were unpublished and shut down
    not to mention on that day we had 85 000.00 likes and millions on the site
    there we posts that I did that had 177000.00 views. So they really shut down
    millions of people.

    I believe our page
    was targeted because of our political views. We do plan to take action. We have
    created another page ridefortheconstitution.org and Facebook page Truckers Ride
    For The Constitution. My reaction and the people’s reaction from the page shut
    down was enormous determination. So “thank you Facebook I would like to tell
    you when God stands for something who can be against it”

  • John Scott

    If nothing else, the media coverage will highlight the problems. Will the general public care is another thing. I remember driver MT back home today. How many trucks never signaled lane changes and being overly aggressive in their passing. Its drivers like this that are just as bad as the automobile drivers. If we are to demand better conditions, we should act like a professional who deserve better.

  • gary d

    are the Teamsters on board? I don’t think it would do much good without them 1.3 million members
    they could organize like they did when Jimmy Hoffa was in charge but this time include everyone…

  • MercenaryMan

    Im gald to see some real coverage and review of the FACTS, No matter the group that began this STRIKE, etc, it has some merit, BUT it cannot be turned into a political diatribe against Obamacare, or Muslims etc, we dont have to agree politically about that, what we do have to agree on is the real issues that face drivers, O/O and the Independent company. Reading thru the list of Facts

    1) EPA forcing the industry to put unproven technology in new trucks just to
    reduce emissions. Engines and Auxillary Power Units.

    2) Allowing states, municipalities and businesses to pass anti idling laws even though it is federally and state mandated for drivers to get rest while
    sweltering in a 100+ or below-10-degrees cab.

    3) Pushing insurance companies to not cover trucking companies that don’t install in their trucks expensive logging software, gps, and communication
    devices that force drivers to use electronic logs, thereby pushing independent truck drivers out of business because they can’t compete. Thus running small
    business out again.

    4) Pushing legislation thru that requires the Independents to carry $1
    million bond in addition to the insurance.

    5) Rumor: Obamacare actually is causing trucking companies to keep driver’s
    hours below 30 hours (a local fuel hauling company UPT) as they can’t afford
    the insurance increases.

    6) Reduced diesel fuel prices.

    and there maybe more issues to add such as the DOT Medical clinics, FORCED Sleep apnea testing at DRIVERS COST, stygmatizing FAT people thru the BMI index, No representation on the medical review board.

    If Drivers want to be taken serious you get this FACT sheet into everyones hands so they speak with a UNIFIED VOICE, REMOVE THE POLITICAL ATTACKS, DIATRIBE AND MUSLIM BS….Stick to the facts

    We do want to be taken seriously, all of us, and we have not had a seat at the table, nor a voice in the fight, OOIDA may be up there voicing our fears but they arent getting thru because WE AS DRIVERS arent Unified behind them. Ok so you dont want to join an orginazation, or a union but now you see what happens when there is no single clear voice.

    Its easy for groupd to attach labels and say they have a political agenda, there tea partiers, there anarchists…truth be told were working men and women tired of being crushed under the weight of the CORPORATE COLLAR that seesm to get anything they want thru Congress no matter the cost, no matter it forces the most experienced of us OUT, no matter we cant come to a UNIFIED FRONT and get our message heard.

    They wiped out that facebook page after 77 THOUSAND
    FOLLOWERS….That may have been Drivers, O/O, Independents, Company drivers, wives, kids, Moms, Dads VOICES that want to be heard….

    All I ask is your agenda be true to truckers needs, true to what we need to accomplish, True to the working man and woman who haul the freight….and then we all speak as one unified voice with a set of facts, demand change, and VOTE….

  • grumpy

    Why are we shutting down on a weekend. Most shipper and receivers don’t work weekends. So how is there going to be any kind of impact to get their attention?

  • Ace Transports

    I started my trucking business in 2012 and it hasn’t been easy by any means. Now with three trucks and new regulation holding me back, I’ll strike my trucks where ever whenever. I full support this movement my call to my senator was never taken 45 minutes of holding before I gave up.

  • tailspin

    I would just like to tell all the drivers out there if you do strike it will be so much better for all of us. i have been driving for 15 years now and was a driver in the army aso for 11. its getting worse and is not going to get better till we do this. please strike together so we can finally get our voices heard.

  • Grizzly

    It is time we stand together and do something .trucking is the most regulated industry out their .If we keep setting on our behinds and let them keep pushing more rules on us it want be long before we want be able to run 8 hours a day .

  • MercenaryMan

    One step at a time but get a set of issues, speak loudly and clearly on them, and make sure everyone knows what they are, Dont cloud the waters with Gun Control, Muslims and Obama, no matter our beliefs, we need a clear signal about trucking issues, then as you succeed you start your own PAC and begin lobbying for issues, or you join with others, but ONE CLEAR VOICE will be heard far clearer then a fragmented mess of everything all thrown together and everyone screaming about that and this and thus……its clear after you FB page was taken down that FEAR OF YOUR AGENDA is there, they dont just stop you for saying GOD BLESS YOU PATRIOT,…I agree you had far more page hits and reads then 77K….and when you start to be noticed by huffington and then possibly other outlets youll know your message is getting out.

  • MercenaryMan

    Remember what happened when Hoffa had all those members in the Master Freight agreement……maybe its time for the Truckers Bill Of Rights, Rules and Regs, dont be blinded by the Union Haters, He took a stand, and made a difference and got wages and benefits and laws passed….

  • Rey Moreno

    i agree, these guys organizing this are a little out there. BUT, I have sincere greivence with the FMCSA, Corporate America screwing us over during the recessionn, and being squezzed to death by taxes and shippers notbudging with their rates. So if i have to piggyback on a monster go satisfy my adjena then so be it.

  • Raveman

    I agree with Grumpy. On the weekend the shippers and receivers will not also feel the heat. every shipper and receiver should be mandated to have a good old fashioned time clock that all drivers punch in and out on. Detention to be paid according to the clock. That is fair for everyone, and seems so simple that nobody ever gave any thought to a simple way of addressing detention issues.

  • Ken Nilsen

    There are some issues out there that need to be looked at for sure. I have been in this business for 23 years myself. I do however take issue with people in the industry and out, who say it has never been this bad and how terrible it is out here today.This is just absolutely false.

    Today you have trucks with more conveniences than you ever had. You have electronic navigation, instant communications with dispatch, air conditioning, power steering, automatic transmissions and easy pedal clutch transmissions, more food choices than ever before, more parking than ever before, more services available than ever before, private showers with towels provided, wider and better roads than 20 years ago, the ability to bypass scales, electronic tolling, apu’s for comfort in the cab, satellite tv, nice tv rooms at the truckstops, engines that are quieter and more efficient than ever, air ride tractors, cabs and trailers and the list goes on.

    Sure, there are some things that do not make everybody happy, but life is not fair and there is no guarantee of happiness. You make your own joy. If all you do is sit and bitch and complain then that is all you will ever have.

    How many people on this board take the time like I do and visit with their elected representatives at the local, county, state and federal level? You don’t need petitions, strikes, parades around a government building to be heard. If every trucker would simply arrange a meeting with his representatives at the local and state level, get together with your trucking friend down the street and a few others it is amazing what would get done.

  • Ken Nilsen

    Oh, and as far as hours of service, at least you get to take a 34 hour break and get 70 new hours, in the old rules you did not have that option, oh and you could only drive 10 hours at a time. The one thing that has not changed in my 23 years is the fact that you still only get a maximum of 70 hours per week and that is plenty to make a decent living out here if you know how to run your business.

  • Ken Nilsen

    There is flexibility in the 30 minute break as you have an 8 hour period of time in which to take a 30 minute break. Also, when it comes to your health any doctor will tell you that sitting for 8 hours straight is bad for your heart and blood pressure. With all the health concerns in our industry, and they are multitude, this is not really an issue.

    As far as the 168 hour rule, I will agree that it needs to be changed.

  • Ken Nilsen

    Sort of like a dried up country singer looking to get her name in the news again.

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