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The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are

Oct
28,
2016
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We have been enduring a Driver shortage for 30yrs now that I am aware of.
We have also seen 100% turnover rates for as long as I can remember!

Could it be that the Drivers shortage is a profitable business model?

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The need to earn a sufficient paycheck every week, without having any knowledge of what production will be offered, places the Employee OTR Driver into the position that they must produce as much as possible today as there may not be opportunity to produce tomorrow.

The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are

History has taught us that piece work wages are dangerous and create economic hardship for many of those who are paid in this manner.
Most truck Drivers are paid piece work wages. As an OO, just as any other contractor, pieces produced are only part of the equation as I must consider the time frame in which production must take place.

Time is not even considered when an Employee OTR Driver is concerned.

These Drivers either have work today or not. The fact that they devote 168hrs to the job has no consequence.
They only earn if they produce and they have no control over the production schedule.
Read this again and let it sink in:  They only earn if they produce and they have no control over the production schedule.

Under this system, an Employee OTR Driver has sold 168hrs of their time for the price that pieces produced in that 168hr period pays them.
There are no adequate production guarantees offered to these Drivers. NONE.

Driver Productivity Increases as Wages Plummet

2015 Truckload drivers paid only miles run. A study in 1998 by
Martin Labbe Assoc commissioned by the Truckload Carriers Assoc. reveals truckload drivers spend about 40 Hrs. per week waiting loading and unloading.

The fact that these Drivers are not paid for their time has indeed created an unsafe atmosphere for the Drivers and the motoring.
The Evolution of the Driver Shortage, Trucker Wages, and Safety public.

The need to earn a sufficient paycheck every week, without having any knowledge of what production will be offered, places the Employee OTR Driver into the position that they must produce as much as possible today as there may not be opportunity to produce tomorrow.

It is amazing to me that the overall safety record of OTR Drivers is far superior to that of the motoring public at large under these circumstances.

Legal time constraints placed on OTR Drivers limit the amount of production time available thus adding additional pressure on the Driver to make the most of their available time to produce.

Truck drivers realize that they need more time to produce in order to maintain or increase their current income level. Because of this, they are adamantly against more regulations that restrict the time that is needed to produce pieces.

Most truckers fail to understand the laws of supply and demand that dictate more available working hours reduces the value of a working hour.
In other words, The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are!

Driver Wages will remain low as long as driver time is not valued. Unpaid time spent, manning their Work Stations, in which these Employee OTR Drivers have made themselves available and “ready to produce”, (should production opportunities be readily available), has in effect flooded the market with capacity that has kept the rates at 1980 levels.

The so called “Driver Shortage” is only a reality for carriers who desire to have reserve capacity staged in strategic positions. This business model is in place so as not to have to relocate equipment at a cost to only discover that the competition had arrived first.?
It is the Drivers, who are paying the price in extremely low pay for all “AT Work / Working Time”, that enable these Cost Effective Inefficiencies to be in place.

The trucking carriers, through their associations, seek more production time through legislation to offset lost production time due to profitable policies that include Speed Limited Trucks and management tools such as Electronic Logging Devices. Many of the Drivers ignorantly support legislation– How to Ensure Fair Trucker Wages in the 2015 Transportation Bill— that would provide them more available working hours as they fail to understand that it is not the regulations that prevent them from earning a decent wage, It Is The Method Used, PIECE WORK WAGES!
SAY NO to any Denham Language included in any transportation bills; example

InfoGraphic-STOP New Legislation-Truck Driver Wages at Risk

ATA urges TIC to include provision in AIRR Act keeping trucker wages low

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By: Pat Hockaday

Pat Hockaday aka "JoJo" is a veteran driver, owner operator, and truck driver advocate. He advocates for fair wages on JoJo's paper, http://www.truckersunited.org/introduction.html, via his TruckersUnited.org website. A Drivers Pay should be based on Time and Experience, NOT Pieces Produced. What methods could be used to pay the Drivers for their time and experience while truly promoting Safety on the Roadway? He believes a Salaried Pay Method Must Be Established and Made Into Law to Ensure The Safety and Security Of ALL! "We Drivers, Working Together and Working Through Divers Associations, HAVE The POWER to Accomplish These Goals"

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6 Responses to The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are. - Post a Comment

  1. No longer a future trucker

    Why are drivers allowing themselves to be abused like this? If you’re in your truck, you should PAID for all the time you’re in it – including ‘detention’ time at the loading dock.

    I am glad to have decided to no longer want to be trucker. I’ll let my CDL expire on schedule and return to a regular driver’s license. I’d rather sit on my butt and stare at a computer screen for $20/hour than put up with paranoid overkill regulation and carrier abuse that kills any fun of rolling down the highway.

    There will ALWAYS be a driver shortage with government and carrier abuse.

  2. Brodie MacCullagh

    Nice Article ! You have explained it amazingly. Really an informative and insightful post for all the readers. I’ll make a note of this article for sure. Debt of gratitude is in order for sharing. Keep it up.

  3. Duane Barden

    Made sense, then I say bring back first HOS change. Split sleeper berth. 5.5 driving,5 sleep was nothing to get 600-700 miles in a day. Make the time in dock/dispatch waiting work for the driver as long as driver is where he’s supposed to be, in sleeper. And when driver gets tired get some sleep. Not very profitable when rig is wrecked, freight scattered over the ground. Computer/ cellphone age has enhanced trucking industry tremendously, but has taken a lot of fun out of it. Playing beat the clock (computer).

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