News roundup, May 1: Truckers make ‘distress call’ to Trump in D.C.
Dozens of truckers descended on D.C. Friday morning and blew their horns to try to gain the attention of President Trump to help with low rates during the pandemic. CVSA has compiled a searchable resource of emergency declarations. Oregon Trucking Associations will hand out free lunches to truckers Wednesday.
May 1, 2020
Low rates in troubled spot market prompt protest, letter writing campaign
Some small fleets and owner-operators are writing to the attorneys general and state governors urging action on "reverse price gouging" as frustrations grow.
April 21, 2020
#TimberUnity convoys converge in Oregon capitol to protest cap and trade legislation
With the Oregon State Legislature reintroducing cap and trade legislation, the #TimberUnity group plans return to Salem while the legislature is in session.
February 5, 2020
Rumblings of protest out West in wake of California contractor law
A look at one of several flyers going around the Oakland port calling for protest November 4. One watcher believes they’re coming from owner-ops there and elsewhere in the state frustrated with what they’re being told in consultation with companies they contract with for freight about changes in the wake of California’s independent contractor classification law.
October 25, 2019
’10-4 on D.C.’ on National Mall Oct. 3-5
The event kicks off Oct. 2 at the Fredericksburg, Va., Agricultural Fairgrounds. Advance registration for anyone looking to participate with their truck is recommended. After last year, organizers say they’re encourage a positive atmosphere, less a protest than a tribute “that spotlights issues that affect the driver.”
September 13, 2019
Hundreds of truckers descend on Oregon Capitol to protest cap-and-trade emissions bill
Hundreds of truck drivers – many from the logging industry – reportedly descended on the Oregon Capitol on Thursday to protest emissions control legislation in the state’s Senate.
June 28, 2019
Shutdown report: Participation estimated, issues raised, tactics debated as April 12 arrives
Participating truckers view any effectiveness of this shutdown as having the potential to demonstrate some unity among drivers, whose voices in regulatory and industry discussions don’t always rise to the top. At once, there’s reason to doubt that numbers are sufficient to make a statement, and others object to anarchic tactics they’ve seen.
April 12, 2019
Drivers take up ‘slow roll’ protests in Ohio, Carolinas and Georgia
As part of continued protest efforts by truck drivers affiliated with various groups — Truckers Stand As One and the Facebook-based Black Smoke Matters — a few dozen truck drivers participated in on-highway, convoy-style protests in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia this weekend.
March 11, 2019
More slow-rollin’ supporting shutdown call: A talk with owner-op Brian Bucenell
Owner-operator Brian Bucenell’s 2002 Peterbilt 379 was among the 100 or so trucks that participated in the “slow roll” event in Indianapolis last week. Bucenell’s also helping put on a Virginia “slow roll” event tomorrow, March 2, both of which he speaks to in this Overdrive Radio podcast.
March 1, 2019
Truckers circle Indy’s I-465 in ‘peaceful protest,’ preview for April event
A large number of truck drivers drove their heavy rigs and took two laps around Indiana's Interstate 465 loop on Thursday in an organized peaceful protest.
February 21, 2019
How’s a 21-hour wait to unload at 21 below sound?
Think your customer might tell you the delivery location is going to close with the weather? Think again … Also: Port of Baltimore container haulers picket over wait times at Seagirt terminal; “slow roll” press attention-grabber last weekend drew several dozen haulers and others in Illinois.
January 31, 2019
Protesters plan to shut down part of I-94 in Chicago Saturday
The gun violence awareness march will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan (I-94), from 79th Street to 67th Street.
July 5, 2018
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