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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