Driver Wages continue to be attacked- Provisions to overturn state laws designed to protect truckers began to first appear in the 2015 Highway bill- FAST ACT– The provision, slipped in at the 11th hour, was called the Denahm Amendment. There was outrage among the Trucking Community and it was defeated, never making it into the final bill.
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After the Denham amendment failed in the transportation bill, the American Trucking Associations, the 50 ATA-affiliated state trucking associations, the National Private Truck Council, the Truckload Carriers Association and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association placed pressure on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include this wage damaging “Denham Language in the FAA Reauthorization bill,. Again, with the help of others, including those within the truck driving community, the Denham Language was not included.
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Read the Denham original language which was attempted to be added to both the Highway bill and the FAA Reauthorization bill.
Now it’s the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill which will be the target for this dangerous truck driver wage provisions. The markup is expected this month.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) however, appears to be a step ahead of those who are trying just one more time to keep drivers from earning a fair wage.
Press Release: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
04/14/2016 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/14/2016 19:56
Senator Barbara Boxer Sends Letter to Appropriations Committee on Meal and Rest Breaks Provision (US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)
(Source: US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works) Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a to leaders on the Appropriations Committee urging them to oppose efforts to include a provision in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill that would overturn state laws that protect truck drivers from being docked for meal and bathroom breaks.
Dear Chairmen Cochran and Collins, Vice Chairwoman Mikulski and Ranking Member Reed:
I understand that the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to markup the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill in the near future. I applaud your efforts to move this important spending bill in a bipartisan manner.
I am writing to urge you to oppose any efforts to attach to the THUD appropriations bill an outrageous provision that would dock the pay of truck drivers by attacking state laws that protect their pay during bathroom or lunch breaks, or when performing necessary activities like loading or unloading a truck. This provision is a poison pill and I will use every tool at my disposal to oppose any legislation that includes it.
If anyone told us to dock our employees when they take a meal or bathroom break, we would think it was outrageous. Yet, that is exactly what this provision in would do to truck drivers. Truck drivers get paid for meal and bathroom breaks under the laws of 20 states. But truck drivers in all 50 states would be affected by this dangerous provision because their states would be barred from passing laws that protect them from being docked not only for bathroom and meal breaks, but for ‘non-driving’ responsibilities, such as loading the truck. This provision overturns court decisions reaching all the way to the Supreme Court.
This terrible anti-safety provision is a poison pill and including it in the THUD appropriations bill would end any chance of the bill moving swiftly in the Senate and I urge that it not be included in this legislation.
It will now be up to us to continue to fight for something that one would think would be unthinkable to have to fight for. FAIR WAGES.
Keep posted, we’ll have more info on this subject
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