Trucker strike starts Tuesday

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, TX - The price of gas is affecting all of us in one way or another, but some even more than other, truckers especially. In fact, we're told they're considering a strike that could begin Tuesday. Stephanie Brletic has the details.

"If he can't make a living trucking, then who's going to run the trucks because America's going to stop if the trucks do."

And they might. Truck drivers are talking about the possibility of a strike, starting Tuesday.

They say high gas prices are making it hard for them just to make a living. Independent truck drivers say it's even worse for them since they have to pay for their own trucks and gas and have more difficulty negotiating high shipping prices.

"Half of the money we make goes to fuel and then you take 20 percent of that for maintenance and that only leaves you 30 percent for a truck note and to live. It's just not livable."

Drivers say the gas wouldn't be such a problem if the shipping rates increased to cover the cost of fuel. In some cases truckers say that shippers are paying, but brokers aren't passing that extra cash along to drivers.

Many independent drivers can't afford to do business anymore and are trying to get jobs driving for big companies. But they say that still doesn't solve the problem.

"Now you're just taking all of your money that you're making as a company driver to pay for a truck that's not moving, so it's a catch 22 all the way around."

Truckers say the bottom line is that there needs to be change, otherwise many will be looking for jobs elsewhere.

"If we can't make a living, we have to find something to do to make a living and I don't think McDonald's is going to hire all of us."

Many of the truckers we talked to say they are planning to participate in Tuesday's strike, while others said they would love to, but simply can't afford to. It's unclear how long that strike could last.

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  • by bob Location: california on Jun 5, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    The price of diesel in california is now $5.19 a gallon, How long is it going to take the trucking industry to go broke or strike. Now is the time to strike . No one has any concern for the trucking industry not even those in it. They are only concerned for them selves and will destroy the industry. Mexico and President Bush are waiting.Im sorry i am in the industry but my truck is parked.
  • by Tammy Gwynn Location: Florida on Jun 2, 2008 at 02:27 PM
  • by Tammy Location: Gwynn on Jun 2, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    Gas should go down!!!! It is wrong and many people can't afford it. I am one of those people. My family and I are living week by week and that is still not enough to live on. Sometimes I can't even buy food for my kids. But luckly we get by on what we have and we get help from local groups. GAS PRICES MUST GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!
  • by maximillian alexander siblo-la Location: saugerties,ny on May 26, 2008 at 12:36 AM
    This is agreeable becauseof the fact it isn't just a problem for truckers but everyone else in the world. we need a global gas strike to realy make a big change or we are going to a GREAT DEPPRESION 2. S if you are a truck driver please make an effort to at least do one day if u can't that is fine so good luck to all of u who are doing this stike god bless.
  • by Mike Location: Canada ON on May 4, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    My father was a trucker and these guys have been treated like garbage for the longest time. They bring our food, gas, clothing, etc... and most of them only see their families once a week if that. My father used to say that he would travel states side all the time and the only family he saw was the ones he passed by having a bbq or something with their kids and he was stuck in his truck far from us. The gas not only affects them, but us. It is robbery what the governments are doing. They are all thieves and I will never vote to define the thief that steals my money. Block the roads, the offramps, on ramps, highways, cities. Lock Canada and US down so that nothing comes through. Do it for a few weeks and see what happens. Let their be riots and revolt. Both US and Canda are in desperate need of a revolution. Support those that are suffering and strike.
  • by ZACH Location: CA on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:52 PM
  • by peggy Location: maine on Apr 29, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    we should stop complaining and crying about the rising fuel cost and do something now before we LOSE EVERYTHING we"ve worked so hard for all these YEARS!
  • by wanda Location: tx on Apr 29, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    come on lets help these truckers. they are and have been taking care of us. now it is our turn. don't buy any gas. stand strong.
  • by Michael Location: Sjostrom on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    As a company driver, I don't purchase the diesel fuel for my truck. I am not, however, insensitive to the plight of the trucking industry. Lost in all of the debates and uncertainties surrounding the fuel situation is the end result, which I believe a lot of truckers are not thinking about. Far more important than the cost of fuel is the fact that the increased costs of transportation are being passed along to retail consumers. Everyone must truly believe the old adage "if you bought it, a truck brought it" While a trucker is paying over $60 in fuel costs for every 100 miles driven, his wife is at the supermarket, paying $3 for a dozen eggs. This is more than just a fuel cost situation. This country is headed for some troubling times. As far as the trucking industry is concerned, as far as I know there is no recognized forum for which truckers, or trucking companies, can address their needs. How can their be a strike? Oil companies should be regulated, as utilities are.
  • by Jack Malone Location: California on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    I believe the high price of fuel is arm twisting by the feds for NAFTA. Mexico trucks offering transportation for American companies. Mexican trucks, mexican freight rates. The current price of fuel will put alot of small trucking companies out of business. Paving the way for Mexico.
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