The basic premise of Truck Driver Pay is that ALL truck driver pay is indexed directly or indirectly to the LOWEST truck driver pay.
People and businesses are free to pay and receive pay at whatever rate they mutually accept within the laws.
Within the United States economy, truck driver pay should be set by the supply of LEGAL drivers and the legal demand of the market.
Unfortunately for United States citizen truck drivers, their pay has not been subject to just normal labor market conditions, or even what currently passes for normal, given job exports, automation, and transition to robotics, etc.
Truck driver pay has been actively driven downward by the largest truck companies as the key goal of the American Trucking Associations's (ATA) dishonest campaign to influence government to give them an advantage over individual truck drivers.
What these sorry companies can accomplish, on their own, through dishonest advertising to ignorant and desperate job seekers is, unfortunately, a part of life where people can be taken advantage of.
The HUGE problem is when the bottom feeders of the the trucking industry attempt to use truck driver's government against them!
The United States government should NOT give any advantage to trucking companies that gives them an unfair advantage over an individual truck driver.
In other words, the same law of supply and demand should apply both to companies and drivers. Government should not give trucking companies an exemption from the laws of supply and demand.
Business is business, but our GOVERNMENT should not give any advantage to a large truck company that benefits them AT THE EXPENSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL TRUCK DRIVER!
- No visa program should be funded for cheap foreign labor for ANY profession in the United States. Companies are free to export jobs where and when they choose. The US government should not be an accomplice to the importing of low foreign wages at the expense of US citizens.
- No government grants of any kind should be given to truck driving schools. No grants to students to hand over to schools, none. Let companies pay their own employment expenses.
- No trucking company should receive ANY government grants or tax advantage for contributing to the over supply of truck drivers and the resulting low pay.
- Only workers legal to work in the US should be given a CDL.
- All government industry workers should understand that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) represents only the profit interests of trucking company OWNERS. Truck drivers are represented by themselves for the most part, with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) as the only organization that represents truck drivers as a group.
- The ATA does not speak for their drivers, only themselves, and often their goals directly harm truck drivers. The ATA members should be responsible for maintaining their own profit margins. The government should not help them. Companies with incompetent and/or illegal management should be allowed to go out of business and stop taking market share away from good companies.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) does NOT represent the interests of truck drivers!
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) only represents the profits of trucking companies!
If you are a truck driver, you should belong to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). Currently, only a small fraction of the 3 million drivers in the US are members.
Truck drivers will not organize, strike, or do much of anything in large nuumbers, except talk. OOIDA is the only organization that has actually taken action.
Read the discussions and check back, as this is a work in progress, and action steps will follow.